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Bluefield, Va., woman gets jail time for abuse of baby

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BLUEFIELD Va. (WVVA) - A Tazewell County mother will spend the four years behind bars for the abuse of her 6-month-old child.

Jessica Mae Young, 25, of Bluefield, Va., was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison in Tazewell County Circuit Court on the charge of felony child abuse. All but four years of the sentence was suspended by Judge Larry Kirksey.

Young, a mother of four, had previously pleaded guilty to the abuse of the 6-month-old girl -- her youngest.

Authorities said the girl had suffered severe head trauma while in the care of Young, in addition to an apparent cigarette burn to her forearm.

A worker with Child Protective Services testified that Young gave multiple conflicting statements regarding the child's injuries.

Further investigation had revealed that Young had previously had two children removed from her care while living in Arizona, and that this infant was third of her children to suffer significant head trauma.

Kirksey ordered Young to serve five years probation after her incarceration, to undergo mental health counseling and to have no contact with any minors.

Tazewell County Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee released the following comment: 

"While I argued for a lengthier sentence and feel it was deserved, I respect the Court's sentence as it was eight times the Sentencing Guidelines recommendation. I would like to commend the Department of Social Services and the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office for a swift and thorough investigation. I believe their actions possibly saved an innocent child's life."


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