Woman admits battering baby


CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (AP) — A Central Illinois woman who admitted to seriously injuring a 5-month old boy at her home-day care business has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison.

59-year old Debbie May, of Champaign, was sentenced Friday. In April, she entered an Alford plea to aggravated battery; the plea allows criminal defendants to maintain innocence while acknowledging there was enough evidence to persuade a jury to find guilt.

May was caring for Rowen Kaeding in November 2014 when, according to authorities, her violent shaking or striking of the baby left him with a host of physical problems, including cerebral palsy, infantile spasms and an inability to speak more than a few words at a time.

The Kaedings are now suing May.

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