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An Anacortes couple have been sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to charges accusing them of keeping the woman’s infant in what Police Chief Bonnie Bowers called horrific, filthy and dangerous conditions.

At the time of the arrests, Bowers was obviously upset about this, telling Anacortes Now. “This is the worst case I’ve dealt with my 30 years in law enforcement.”

The photo, taken by police and released by the county prosecutor’s office, hides the infant behind a black rectangle.

Thirty-nine year old Sarah Margaret Hall-Hilsinger pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal mistreatment, heroin possession and maintaining a premises for drug trafficking and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Thirty-three year old James Cody Durfee pled guilty to second-degree criminal mistreatment and heroin possession.
He was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison after entering guilty pleas to second-degree criminal mistreatment and heroin possession.

The two were arrested on Dec. 7, 2014 after Anacortes Police, investigating a telephone tip, discovered the one-year old infant in a crib in the garage of a home in the 800 block of 23rd St. A police affidavit said the garage had no heat or running water and was strewn with closing and other items.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,586 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

288 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
35,476 Fully Vaccinated
50,348 Initial Doses Given


357,122 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,368 Hospitalizations

5,380 Deaths Statewide
1,830,811 Fully Vaccinated
2,748,811 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, April 16, 2021.

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