Last week a jury sat and listened to a very confusing story concerning a eight month old boy who doctors discovered had his leg broken in two places. Doctors also discovered his left femur had been previously broken but they were not able to tell when the injury had occurred, and it healed without medical attention.
The mothers boy-friend at the time, an Army combat veteran, was living with the family and they had plans to get married. The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services took the boy from the mother and left him in the soldiers care. A DNA test in Jan. 2011 revealed he was not the boys father and DFCS had to take the boy back, placing him with his maternal grandparents along with another sibling.
Assistant District Attorney Letitia Sikes said the mother broke the boys leg Nov. 9, 2010 when the family was living near Fort Benning. When the soldier's mother came and brought the child to the hospital the parents where being interviewed. The soldier stated the mother was bi-polar and prone to fits of rage, and then the mother went historical screaming “It’s not your baby! It’s not your baby!”
The case was delayed for trail due to the fact the mother needed an extensive psychological evaluation, and then was delayed a second time when the soldier was seriously wounded by a mortar attack while he was deployed in Afghanistan. The attack occurred to the tower he was located in while he was on Skype with his mother. He received two combat badges and a Purple Heart Sikes said.
Friday Dec. 13, 2013 a jury found Nicole Hines guilty of two counts of first-degree child cruelty. Superior Court Judge William Rumer sentenced her to ten years, five of them only being probation.