Woman pleads guilty to child abuse
Shea Renee Sheeran, 27, of Francis, pleaded guilty on Monday in Third District Court to child abuse, inflicting serious physical injury intentionally, a second-degree felony. The charge of second-degree felony endangerment of child was dismissed due to a plea agreement, in which Sheeran pleaded guilty to the child abuse charge. A sentencing hearing is scheduled January 14.
Sheeran lied to doctors about her pregnancy in order to obtain Adderall and Clonazepam, which she knew would harm her baby, according to charging documents.
The baby boy was born addicted to the drugs and has spent several weeks in the Neonatal Care Intensive Unite for emergency treatment of Narcotic Abstinence Syndrome.
According to the charging documents, doctors treating him say he could suffer long-term complications, including brain damage and learning disabilities.
Man sentenced following witness tampering
Glen Ronald Burton, 37, of Kamas, was sentenced Monday to prison for three concurrent zero- to five-year terms for third-degree felony DUI, third-degree felony witness tampering and third-degree felony violation of a protective order.
Charging documents state that on Feb. 25, Burton nearly hit another car, lost control and went through a front yard, crashed into a tree and flipped over. Burton then fled the scene. Deputies located Burton inside another residence a short time later and determined that he was heavily intoxicated. A blood test confirmed Burton’s blood alcohol level was 0.24. A vehicle search revealed an open container of rum.
On June 10, Burton was arrested for burglarizing a home belonging to his son’s mother, violating a protective order. According to jail call logs, between July 11 and Aug. 8, Burton called Fitzgerald 173 times. When they spoke on numerous occasions, Burton begged Fitzgerald not to cooperate with police and not to testify against him, according to the charging documents.
Burton has also been convicted of a domestic violence crime on March 16, 2011.
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