Woman charged with assaulting baby sentenced to seven years

Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A young mother convicted of severely injuring her infant son was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.

Josette Stackhouse, 21, pleaded no contest to two assault charges in Anchorage Superior Court. Judge Larry Card suspended another five years and ordered her to serve 10 years on probation.

Stackhouse's son Shelvin was 2 months old when he was taken to Elmendorf hospital with severe injuries in November 1999.

Doctors found swelling of the brain, a fresh fracture to his left leg, fractured ribs in various stages of healing and a healed broken leg, according to a criminal complaint. A brain scan found a skull fracture and no brain activity.

Stackhouse and the baby's father, Shelvin J. Stackhouse, 22, were indicted in April 2000 on multiple assault charges related to the injuries. Shelvin Stackhouse pleaded no contest in November 2000 to endangering the welfare of a child in an agreement that included his testimony at his wife's trial.

The injured child now lives with a medical foster family in Fairbanks.

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