An Oklahoma woman will be required to spend an additional 15 years in prison after her clemency hearing was denied for failing to protect her children from their abusive father, reports BuzzFeed News.
Tondalo Hall plead guilty to child abuse in 2004 after taking her 20-month-old son to the hospital and doctors found he had broken ribs and a broken femur. Shortly after, doctors discovered that her 3-month-old daughter had similar injuries.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board denied Hall’s request for a commuted sentence with a 5-0 vote. While she’s not accused of hurting her children, Hall neglected to prevent Robert Braxton from abusing them. She will remain behind bars until at least 2030, when she becomes eligible for parole.
So what charges did Braxton face? After admitting to breaking the ribs and femur of their 3-month-old daughter he was sentenced to only two years. He was released in 2006.
A petition started by Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, a national advocacy group has garnered over 70,000 signatures in support of Hall and her case. The group attests the sentence is too severe for a woman who was also a victim of abuse.