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The prosecution rests in the trial of a mother accused of starving teen

DES MOINES, Iowa – A detective says an Iowa mother on trial in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter sent rage texts to say she hated her children and called them “worthless.”

The Des Moines Register reports that the West Des Moines police detective Chris Morgan testified Thursday and Friday about text messages sent to others by 43-year-old Nicole Finn. They pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and child endangering in October, 2016 is the death of the 16-year-old Natalie Finn. Natalie weighed only 85 pounds at the time of her death.

Morgan says Nicole Finn wrote in March 2016 text, “They are worthless. I can not stand.” Morgan says Finn sent another text to her son after Natalie’s death saying they would make it.

The prosecution rested Friday. Finn’s defense team will present its case Monday.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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