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Jun 6, 2014 5:38 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Jury Deliberating on Sanders Case

CORPUS CHRISTI - We have a developing story out of the Nueces County Courthouse, where it's now up to the jury to decide if Ryan and Heather Sanders will spend the next 99 years of their lives behind bars.

This case began last year when the couple was found living on the beach, with their four kids.

Closing arguments wrapped up just after 4pm. The jury is deciding whether Ryan and Heather Sanders are guilty of neglecting and endangering their four little girls.

During closing arguments, prosecutors reminded the jury how the four children were found malnourished and living in filthy conditions on the beach.

But defense attorneys told the jury that Heather and Ryan are innocent.

They portrayed the couple as loving parents who did the best they could with what little they had.

But the State argued both parents were on drugs and made bad choices that resulted in their children being malnourished and injured.

Because of that, the prosecution says they need to be punished for their actions.

"The charge is that their failure to provide adequate nutrition to these children. It doesn't say their failure to love them. It doesn't say that. It says their failure to provide adequate nutrition to these children caused them to become ill and there was a substantial risk of death," Prosecutor Brittany Jensen told the jury.

"These aren't two parents who didn't care about them. These aren't two parents who were looking to better their life but treat their kids like they shouldn't live, like they should starve," Defense Attorney Bianca Medina told the jury.

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