AUGUSTA — A judge is reducing the restrictions on a Bangor woman who starved her 5-year-old daughter to death and claimed she turned up her radio to mask the screams.

In 1995 Tonia Kigas Porter, now 46, was committed indefinitely to the then-Augusta Mental Health Institute after being found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity in the November 1993 death of her daughter, Tavielle Kigas.

The girl was starved to death over a 30-day period. At the time Porter told police her child was evil.

In 2003, a judge allowed Porter to move into an apartment, requiring twice daily check-ins with hospital staff.

On Tuesday, Porter asked a judge to reduce the check-ins to once a month.

The Bangor Daily News says Justice Michaela Murphy approved the request.


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