God-fearing father

CHADRON, NE -- Bruce Tharalson, the god-fearing father of a toddler nearly starved to death during a religious fast was sentenced to a whopping 30 days in jail and five years' probation.

21-month-old Ashley Tharalson, wasted away dur- ing a *40-day* fast. She was hospitalized one week after the fast ended, and is slowly recovering.

When admitted, She had a fever and was suffering seizures, and her weight had dropped to 19 pounds.

Tharalson said the family stopped eating because they were "short on money" and thought they could secure God's help by fasting.

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