Guilty Pleas In Child Abuse Case

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

It's a case that left many people in shock.

A Johnson County baby rushed to the hospital, after someone stuffed baby wipes down his throat.

Investigators say the incident that could have killed the toddler, happened at Shauna Childers' home last year, while she was away.

Police say Childers' boyfriend, Jonathan Crum, shoved baby wipes down 8-month-old Braden Childers' throat last summer.

He plead guilty Friday to charges of second degree assault and criminal abuse.

Shauna Childers also accepted some fault and plead guilty in court Friday.

Kent Varney, Childers' attorney says the only thing she's guilty of is poor judgment.

As part of a plea deal, Childers will not serve any jail time. She will be on probation for five years. Crum could face up to fifteen years in prison. He will be sentenced May 2nd.

Braden Childers fully recovered from the incident.


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  • by tsc Location: mt.sterling ky on Apr 6, 2008 at 01:45 PM
    ok,she gets her kid back,he gets out jail they live happy ever after right!!! WHAT ABOUT THE CHILD WE NEED TO PROTECT THE CHILD NOT THE STUPID PARENTS!!!!!!now they need for them both to go to jail, put the kid in a SAFE place let him be a child and not to live in an unsafe place or unsafe people around!!!so were just going to wait for the child to get murdder next time right??????then what they go to jail!!! wow, thats not enough pain !!! theres too many people that want kids that cant have them !!!!!
  • by Lisa Location: Prestonsburg on Apr 6, 2008 at 10:36 AM
    It was poor judgement on her part. No one can say for sure if she knew about or took part in this incident. In all fairness a baby does belong with his/her mother vs. being in the foster care system. I do hope she takes parenting classes and gets some counseling. Hopefully she won't be so trusting with the next man she meets. And NO I don't think they deserve to be executed. Come on now.
  • by steve on Apr 6, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    Yea he need a good boot across his neck what a stupid moron.
  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Apr 5, 2008 at 09:27 PM
    Just because you can have children don't mean that you should. This is a good example of that!
  • by AC Location: Corbin on Apr 5, 2008 at 06:48 PM
    i think execution of both the mother and the mother's boyfriend would be appropriate. the world would no doubt be a better place.
  • by Anonymous Location: B'ville on Apr 5, 2008 at 05:10 PM
    It would seem that the government is more concerned with the parents rights then with the child's welfare. Maybe she needs to loose that baby for a year and see what it would be like if that child had actually died instead of recovered from such a horrific experience.
  • by Angry Location: Kentucky on Apr 5, 2008 at 09:49 AM
    No prison time? Right... she'll get her baby back, bring in some new loser that will actually kill him this time. This woman needs more than a smack on the wrist while she goes back to endangering her child. How can the world just sit by and let this happen? She ADMITTED leaving the baby in his care KNOWING he was "intoxicated." Or did everyone just happen to forget her charming newspaper interview? This woman may not have done the deed, but she helped create the circumstances that led up to it. Why did she allow an "intoxicated" man baby-sit her infant? Why was this "intoxicated" man near her baby to begin with? WHY are they letting her go without punishment? The world gets more and more insane every day. When will the madness end? How many more babies will die (or nearly die) due to negligent mothers?
  • by jake Location: richmond on Apr 5, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    he tried to kill that baby because it was crying he needs to die!!!! no doubt no trial no nothing this punk deserves the worst

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