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Ex-policeman, girlfriend enter pleas in child abuse case

April 6, 2021 GMT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina police officer and his girlfriend have been convicted of child abuse charges involving the officer’s son, who suffered a broken leg in one instance.

David Benjamin Ingram, 37, a former corporal with the Winston-Salem Police Department, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. A felony charge of negligent child abuse was dismissed as part of the plea arrangement.

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Ingram’s girlfriend, Jaimie Leonard Binkley, 33, entered an Alford plea to negligent child abuse, inflicting serious physical injury. That means she didn’t admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her had the case gone to trial.

Ingram and Binkley entered their pleas on Monday.

A judge gave Ingram a suspended sentence of 105 days in jail and placed him on supervised probation for 18 months. Binkley was given a suspended sentence of up to two years in prison, and she also received an active jail sentence of four months and was ordered to serve three years of supervised probation.

A condition of her probation is that she is not to have any contact with Ingram’s son.