Cuyahoga County

Cleveland babysitter gets prison time after returning 2-year-old girl with bruises, burns


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland babysitter who returned a toddler with bruises, welts, second-degree burns and missing hair was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison.

Patricia Mullins, 34, told Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams that she tried to treat the 2-year-old girl's head lice and diaper rash, which led to the red welts and missing clumps of hair. The judge dismissed Mullins' contradictory statements and sentenced her to prison.

The hospital that admitted the infant never found evidence of diaper rash or head lice, Assistant Prosecutor Sherrie Royster said. The hospital clearly described the burns on the child's rear end as second-degree burns, not an allergic reaction.

Royster showed the judge photographs of the girl's bruised face and seared posterior during Wednesday's sentencing.

Mullins pleaded guilty June 27 to one count of felonious assault and one count of endangering children, both second degree felonies. Three other endangering children charges and one charge of permitting child abuse were dropped as part of the plea.

The child's mother, Sarah Gordon, told the judge Wednesday that her girl still wakes up from nightmares in the middle of the night, brought on by her stay with Mullins.

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