Mother accused of starving her newborn receives probation
An Ohio mother has received probation after the state accused her of starving her two month old by only feeding him water.
The 24-year-old, named Ashley Cheatham, pleaded guilty to infliction of great bodily injury to a child. According to the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office, Cheatham received three years probation and a suspended ten year sentence.
Before the trial, Cheatham served eight months in jail. The judge disagreed with the solicitor's request for more jail time.
Cheatham had brought her newborn son to the emergency room due to seizures. Doctors discovered he also had life-threateningly low levels of glucose and sodium.
The mother claimed to not have money to feed the newborn. The solicitor's office said that she had nine vouchers for formula.
She said she only gave the baby water for five days while she ate: "oodles and noodles, onion rings, chicken tenders, hotdogs, bologna sandwiches, corn, rice, okra, tomatoes, chicken tenders smothered in gravy, bake (sic) chicken, fry (sic) chicken, and grits and bacon."