Mother sent to jail over infant's injuries
The woman is expected to testify against her former boyfriend at trial.
By BOB JACKSON
VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- An Austintown woman, whose 5-week-old baby suffered two broken bones, got a stern scolding and six months in jail from a judge Friday.
Kellie Sox, 26, of Fountain Square, broke into heavy sobbing when Judge Maureen A. Cronin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court told her she was headed to jail instead of home on probation.
Sox was indicted last year on two felony counts of child endangering. Her former boyfriend, Brian Baker, 24, was indicted on the same charges and is awaiting trial.
Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Krueger said authorities believe that Baker, who is the baby's father, caused the infant to suffer bruises and two broken bones in her left leg when she was just more than a month old.
Sox agreed to testify against Baker when his case goes to trial. In exchange, her charges were reduced to misdemeanors, to which she pleaded guilty in May.
As part of the plea agreement, Krueger recommended that Sox be placed on probation instead of going to jail, but the judge refused.
"You don't hurt babies in Cronin's court and go home," the judge said. "That little baby suffered enough. Now [Sox] is going to suffer some."
She gave Sox the maximum sentence of six months for each count but ordered that they be served at the same time. If Sox does not testify against Baker, or if she is caught lying on the witness stand, Judge Cronin said she might change her mind and make the sentences consecutive.
Sox, who has three children by three fathers, was chided by the judge for "laying up with every man who walks in your front door."
As deputies shackled Sox and led her from the courtroom, she told one of them that she is pregnant again, which further angered the judge.
"She doesn't have two brain cells that work. The only thing that seems to work on her is her ovaries," Judge Cronin said.
Sox said her children have been placed in foster care. She said she had expected to be released on probation since that's what Krueger and defense attorney Joseph Rafidi recommended.
"I don't care if an angel came down and told you that you were getting probation," Judge Cronin said. "I'm the one who gives the sentences in this court."