Woman Confined Closet
This photo provided by the Shiawassee County, Mich., Sheriff's Office shows Candy Lawson, 44, of Corunna, Mich. Lawson has been charged with unlawful imprisonment and vulnerable adult abuse for keeping her disabled adult sister locked in a closet for years. Shiawassee County Sheriff Office—AP

A Woman Says She Kept Her Disabled Sister Locked in a Closet to Keep Her Safe

Sep 26, 2017

(CORUNNA, Mich.) — A Michigan woman who authorities say kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet has been convicted of charges including unlawful imprisonment.

A Shiawassee County jury on Monday also found Candy Lawson guilty of vulnerable adult abuse and embezzlement. Prosecutors say she stole disability benefits that were intended for her sister. Lawson faces prison time when sentenced Oct. 27.

Prosecutors say Lawson gave her sister little food, water or clothing. A construction worker found her in 2015.

Lawson took the stand in her own defense last week, saying the space her sister was kept in was a room, not a closet. She said she needed to lock her sister in at night because she would otherwise wander off. Lawson denied restricting access to food.

Lawson's lawyer plans an appeal.

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