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DA: Whipping of child draws 10 months

DA: Whipping of child draws 10 months

Prosecutors: Wounds were still bleeding more than a week after assault
DA: Whipping of child draws 10 months
Shanna Saxon
Photographer: Schenectady County District Attorney

SCHENECTADY — A woman was sentenced to 10 months in jail Thursday for whipping a child repeatedly, causing at least 12 wounds, Schenectady County District Attorney's officials said.

Shanna Saxon, 36, was convicted in December after a bench trial of third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.

Judge Mark Caruso found Saxon whipped a 12-year-old girl in February 2017 in Schenectady on her upper legs. A concerned adult discovered the injuries as the girl bled through her pants. The adult reported the injuries through the anonymous child abuse hotline, officials said.

Saxon used a cord to whip the teen, and some of the resulting wounds were still bleeding at least a week later, prosecutors said. Testimony from doctors, hospital staff, child protective investigators and police led to the conviction.

In handing down the 10-month term, Caruso said the severity of the injuries warranted the sentence, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the case underscores the importance of vigilance in identifying and reporting child abuse. Reports can be made anonymously through the state's toll-free hotline, 1-800-342-3720.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michael Nobles. Saxon was represented by attorney Justin deArmas.

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