How Abigail Young is Eligible for Parole after Serving 19 Months in Jail

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

A former Brenham nurse who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for not protecting her daughter from an ex-boyfriend's physical and sexual abuse, is up for parole in August.

Her four year-old daughter died and according to Abigail Young's sentencing, she wasn't supposed to even be eligible for parole until after she served 5 years in jail.
News 3 has an exclusive interview with Young's sister, who is campaigning to keep her younger sister behind bars.

Imagine your child losing their life because of being brutally violated and beaten.
That's what happened to 4 year-old Emma Thompson in June 2009.

Amanda Mathews said, "I was very close to her. I loved her just as I would have my own child."

Emma's aunt Amanda Mathews says she's just beginning to heal from losing her niece.

Mathews said, "I thought that she would, at any expense, protect her children and always, she was involved in my own daughter's life and I trusted her with my own child."

Abigail Young is Mathew's sister and Emma's mother.
She's also a Brenham native and former nurse.
Young was convicted in July 2010 of reckless serious bodily injury to a child by omission after the four year-old died at a Houston hospital.
She had 80 bruises on her body,a sexually transmitted disease and broken bones

Mathews said, "I don't believe that she has shown any remorse for her actions and I don't believe without remorse that you can be rehabilitated."

Lucas Coe, Young's boyfriend at the time, was found guilty of super aggravated sexual assault of the child, serving a life sentence with no parole. Young?...20 years in prison,

Mathews said, "The more support to keep her where she is, the better."

She's only been in prison for 19 months, but because of work time and good conduct credits, Young is eligible for parole this August.

So what can you do? You can write a letter, or fax it, or email it to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice whether it's in support or protest of Abigail Young's parole.

"The parole board is required to read any letter, any email, any fax that they receive. They have to read through it all before they make a decision," said Mathews.

The parole reviews process began last month.

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