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Woman who pleaded guilty to child cruelty charge sentenced

1 month 1 week 4 days ago Friday, March 16 2018 Mar 16, 2018 March 16, 2018 6:28 AM March 16, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after New Orleans police said her then 5-year-old son was brought to Children's Hospital with horrific injuries that included burn and bite marks.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that 40-year-old Heather Simpson pleaded guilty to a child cruelty charge last year and was sentenced Wednesday.

Ken Daley, a spokesman for District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office, says the woman's son, now 8, is developmentally disabled and partially paralyzed from a severe brain injury.

Authorities said the boy's condition likely was worsened by a series of five seizures he suffered in a two-week period a few years ago.

Simpson and her former live-in boyfriend, Cristian DeGregory, only sought medical help after the last seizure on May 25, 2015, when the boy stopped breathing.

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