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MAN WHO ABANDONED SON IS SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS

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A man who abandoned his 7-year-old son at a freeway rest stop in Idaho has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for four counts of second-degree assault involving the boy.

Yakima County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hanson, saying sadism "fits more aptly than any other term I can think of" to describe the behavior of Edward Donald Tuinman, 30, reserved judgment Monday on whether the sentence would run concurrently with a 10-year term for abandonment in Idaho.The earlier sentence stemmed from the discovery of Ed "Little Eddy" Tuinman, emaciated, battered and burned by cigarettes, at a rest stop on I-84 near Boise on Jan. 4, 1989. The boy, who is mute and retarded, was abandoned as Tuinman, his wife and their other children were moving from Washington state to Arizona.

Defense lawyer Rick Hoffman said the exceptional sentence, 10 years on each count to run consecutively, would be appealed.

The family moved to Washington in 1988 from Salt Lake City because Tuinman was fleeing a theft-of-services charge and hoped to find a job picking fruit, according to statements from his wife, Deborah.

The 40-year sentence was recommended by deputy prosecutor Steve Keller for charges covering four types of abuse - shooting the boy with BBs from an air gun, holding a hunting knife to the boy and poking the tip into his feet and legs, choking and hitting the boy and burning the boy with cigarettes.

Tuinman pleaded guilty and asked to be forgiven by the court, his family and Eddy.

"It hurts down inside me," he sobbed. "I can't believe it happened."