A Boonsboro woman has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for breaking her 8 month old daughter's arms and legs.
According to published accounts, on Wednesday, 26 year old Stacey Renee Reese pleaded guilty to second degree child abuse in Washington County Circuit Court in Hagerstown.
According to prosecutors, on April 19th 2013, Stacey took her daughter to Meritus Medical Center and a doctor there told her to take her child to the hospital. Once she arrived at the hospital, the baby was transferred to Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC. where doctors discovered that the child had fractures to both arms and legs as well as numerous bruising on her body.
At sentencing, Stacey read a statement where she admitted to hurting her daughter while exercising her.
Boonsboro is a rural town that is sandwiched between the town of Hagerstown and the town of Frederick. The small town is a gateway to colonial and civil war heritage locations like National Road, Washington Monument State Park, South Mountain and Antietam National Battlefield. Inn Boonsboro, a themed, restored bed and breakfast that is owned by New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts, is located in the small town.
According to Childhelp, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds, more than four children die every day as a result of child abuse, and about 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children. Childhelp has developed the following child abuse prevention guidelines to keep you or your child from becoming a statistic:
- Never discipline your child when your anger is out of control.
- Never leave your child unattended, especially in a car.
- Participate in your child's activities and get to know their friends.
- Be aware of changes in your child's behavior.
- Teach your child the correct names of his or her private body parts.
- Pay attention when someone shows greater than normal interest in your child.
If a parent feels overwhelmed with the responsibilities of parenthood, the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child provides resources on the prevention of child abuse. The national organization is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week with interpreters providing assistance in over 170 languages on the prevention of child abuse.