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Pastor sentenced to life for child abuse

September 18, 2009 10:58:02 PM PDT
A pastor in Moreno Valley is going to prison for life for beating and drugging her five adopted daughters.Jessica Banks, 65, received five life terms Friday.

One of her emaciated daughters was found laying outside a business in 2005.

The sisters, who were 4 to 11 years old at the time, were kept in a hidden room in Banks' garage with no air conditioning or heating.

They were fed spoiled food and sleeping pills and were beaten daily.

The children attended school at word of Life Apostolic Church, where Banks was a pastor.

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