Adoptive father of Iowa teen who starved to death pleads guilty

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Joseph Finn, the adoptive father of Natalie Finn, 16, who was found starved to death back in October 2016, plead guilty to three counts of assault, while participating in a felony.

More than a year and a half after Natalie Finn died, Joseph Finn pleaded guilty to assaulting all 3 children, including putting boards on the windows of their room.

“Even in my worst nightmares would I have imagined that something like this would happen in my hometown,” said Judge Hanson. “I think you’re a bit of manipulator yourself. Consciously or subconsciously.”

Finn says, he was manipulated by his ex-wife, Nicole Finn.

“I’m not saying that I’m not at fault,” said Finn. “The children went through an extreme tragedy, that cost Natalie her life and two of my other children to be seriously injured.”

He got emotional while two of Natalie’s siblings read their statements.

“My kids deserve better, and I intend to provide that when I’m able to,” said Finn.

His attorney supported him, saying the kids fell through the cracks and the DHS system failed to protect them.

“Is Joe’s failure any worse than that of the DHS worker?” said Finn’s attorney.

However, Judge Hanson didn’t agree, saying Joseph turned a blind eye.

He compared his actions to the holocaust.

“Humans, do not let these sorts of things happen to other people,” said Judge Hanson.

The three counts Finn was charged with carried a ten year prison term.

Each will be served consecutively giving Finn a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

“You treated them as prisoners. They were your prisoners,” said Judge Hanson.

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