Judge upholds 40-year sentence given in child abuse case
BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge judge is standing by the 40-year prison term he gave a St. Gabriel woman convicted of abusing her then-20-month-old stepson.
After Charlotte Staggs was swiftly convicted of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and sentenced in 2012, her attorney filed a motion in 2013 asking state District Judge Mike Erwin to reconsider the penalty and put her on probation and five years of home incarceration.
Erwin denied the motion last week.
Medical personnel testified at Charlotte Staggs' trial that the child was severely dehydrated and malnourished and had scrapes, bruises and sores on his emaciated body, in addition to the impression of the tines of a fork burned onto his leg. He weighed 15 pounds.