Parents plead guilty to criminal abuse

Published 1:30 pm Monday, May 7, 2018

The parents of a toddler pleaded guilty to criminal abuse charges Thursday, nearly a year after their child received a skull fracture after it fell off a bed.

Jessica Burton, 23, and Jamie Mulligan, 29, were indicted a year ago for one count each of first-degree criminal abuse. Thursday in Clark Circuit Court, they pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal abuse and a recommended three year sentence.

Burton told Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue that she and Mulligan were arguing outside the apartment. The child, who was five months old at the time, fell off the bed and onto the floor, Burton said.

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Mulligan said he and Burton were fighting outside and they were using drugs.

As soon as she discovered the situation, Burton said she yelled for someone to call an ambulance, and they rode in the ambulance to Clark Regional Medical Center.

Winchester Police, though, said they did not seek immediate medical attention, which was the reason for the charges.

Both are scheduled to be sentenced June 14.

Burton also pleaded guilty to two other unrelated cases Thursday as part of a blanket plea offer.

She is one of eight people charged in connection with a Nov. 10, 2017, shooting which left two 16-year-old girls dead at an apartment complex on Washington Street.

Burton was indicted for hindering prosecution or apprehension while police were searching for one of the suspects, Matthew Carmen. In court Thursday, Burton, through her attorney, said she was not truthful with police when they interviewed her about Carmen.

Prosecutors recommended a three-year sentence.

Carmen is one of four people charged with participating in a gunfight at the Washington Street Apartments, which stemmed from a verbal argument earlier in the day between several people including the two victims, Adrianna Castro and Kayla Holland.

Brian McIntosh was also indicted for hindering prosecution or apprehension for the shooting, but his case was continued.

None of the other suspects were on Thursday’s court docket.

Finally Burton pleaded guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance for a one year sentence.

The judge will rule on whether Burton’s sentences will run concurrently or consecutively during her sentencing hearing June 14.

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