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Mother gets deferred, suspended sentences for endangering infant in crash

Mother gets deferred, suspended sentences for endangering infant in crash

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A judge gave deferred and suspended sentences Monday to a woman who prosecutors say crashed while driving under the influence and then attacked a man who tried to help her infant son.

Judge G. Todd Baugh gave Jessie Louise Burns, 25, a three-year deferred sentence for felony criminal child endangerment, citing the woman's efforts to stay sober and her compliance with authorities’ requirements.

“She’s done everything she’s supposed to do,” said Clark Mathews, Burns’ public defender. “She’s making progress, your honor. We know she’s sober.”

Baugh gave her concurrent suspended jail sentences for misdemeanor counts of assault, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a valid license. He also dismissed a misdemeanor DUI charge, as recommended in a plea agreement.

Burns was driving on June 6 with a blood alcohol content about three times the legal limit when she crashed near Lockwood, according to charging documents.

A witness approached the car, where he found an overturned child seat.

The man said he reached in to check on the 8-month-old infant, who was uninjured, and Burns started hitting the back of his head, the documents say.

A woman said Burns was drinking alcohol after the crash. The woman said she checked a diaper bag for baby formula or diapers and instead found a glass pipe, court records state.

Burns, who showed signs of intoxication, fought with officers when they tried to take her into custody and she spat at jail staff after being arrested, court records state.

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