Pa. mom pleads guilty to using 4-week-old baby as weapon to hit boyfriend, injuring child
ERIE, Pa. -- A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to swinging her 4-week-old son like a bat to hit her boyfriend during a fight, fracturing the infant's skull in the process.
Chytoria Graham, 27, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child under a plea agreement with prosecutors.
By pleading guilty, Graham acknowledged that on Oct. 8 she grabbed her son Jarron by his feet and swung him, hitting her boyfriend and seriously injuring the child.
At Graham's preliminary hearing in December, paramedic Betty Schau, who treated the baby, recalled that Graham was crying and disheveled when medical crews arrived. She testified that Graham told her, "I swung him. I swung him like a bat."
The judge ordered a psychological examination for Graham before her sentencing, set for May 8. The aggravated assault charge carries a minimum of five years in prison because the child was under age 13. The maximum sentence is 20 years, prosecutor Beth Hirz said. The maximum sentence for endangering the welfare of a child is five years. Two lesser charges were dropped.
This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page A5