A central Pennsylvania day care worker convicted of having caused life-threatening head injuries to a five-month-old girl has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.
The Centre Daily Times reports that Centre County Judge Bradley Lunsford told 40-year-old Jalene McClure of State College on Friday that it was “one of the worst incidents of child abuse I have seen in my 18 years on the bench.”
Prosecutors said the child was found unresponsive in August 2010 and flown to Geisinger Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with a skull fracture and other injuries.
Police said McClure told them she tripped while holding the baby, but that account was inconsistent with the child’s injuries.
McClure was convicted in September of aggravated assault, child endangerment and other counts.