An Alabama woman was sentenced to two years in prison for severely abusing her infant son.
On Tuesday, Houston County Circuit Judge Brad Mendheim sentenced 27-year-old Jessica Porter Graham to two years in prison and three years of probation.
Last month, Graham was convicted of felony child abuse after her 7-week-old son suffered seven fractures in the first weeks of his life.
Prosecutors said Graham wasn’t prosecuted for personally causing the injuries but for failing to provide any kind of medical treatment to the child, even though her husband was acquitted of felony child abuse charges earlier this year.
“I would equate it to driving a car during a bank robbery,” ADA Russ Goodman told the Dothan Eagle. “Evidence shows within seven weeks of this child’s life this child received seven fractures, that’s pretty serious.”
Graham’s attorney, Ben Freeman, defended the mother saying she was only aware of the boy’s broken arm and should get probation rather than a prison sentence.
According to police, the child had fractures in both legs, both arms, his collar bone, and his ribs, all in various stages of healing.
Ultimately, neither parent was charged with causing the injuries as the state was unable to prove who was responsible.
“This was a disturbing case,” Judge Mendheim said at Graham’s sentencing hearing. “This was a small, infant-type child with numerous fractures. It takes a lot to break a small child’s bone because they’re a lot more flexible. It’s very disturbing.”