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Day care owner sentenced to 3 ½ years in baby injury case

June 15, 2019 GMT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois woman who admitted to seriously injuring a 5-month old boy at her home-day care business has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that 59-year-old Debbie May of Champaign was sentenced on Friday. In April she entered what is called an Alford plea to aggravated battery, a plea that allows criminal defendants to maintain their innocence while acknowledge that there was enough evidence to persuade a jury to find her guilty.


May was caring for Rowen Kaeding in November 2014 when, according to authorities, her violent shaking or striking of the baby left him with a host of physical problems, including cerebral palsy, infantile spasms and an inability to speak more than a few words at a time.