Memorial Avenue mother convicted for abusing infant
Following a three-day jury trial, city woman Karrie Croucher, 24, of 1017 Memorial Ave., was convicted for her part in inflicting injuries upon her seven-week-old baby, District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt announced Friday.
The child suffered bone fractures to his right arm, his left foot and both legs. An external examination revealed multiple bruises on the baby’s head and a traumatic injury to his mouth. The child was also found to be malnourished. The abuse was discovered in October 2009.
Charges initially were dismissed by a county court judge but Linhardt’s office appealed and the state Superior Court reinstated the charges. Later, the local court ruled that important evidence for the prosecution was not relevant and could not be introduced at trial. Again, the District Attorney’s office appealed, and the state court ordered that the disputed evidence was relevant and could be introduced at trial.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Martin Wade, who noted that the felony endangering count carries a maximum of seven years in jail and a $15,000 fine. Croucher will be sentenced June 16 for endangering the welfare of a child as a parent by Judge Marc F. Lovecchio.
Charges remain pending against co-defendant Christopher Ingram Sr.