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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Youngstown woman is sent to prison for injuries that sent her baby boy to the hospital in July of 2013.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Lou D'Apolito sentenced Julie Keyes to four years in prison Friday. The 28-year-old previously pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering children. One count of felonious assault was dismissed in the case. 

Keyes was discovered unconscious on the floor with her four-month-old son last summer. The boy suffered a serious brain injury and was later diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome.

Keyes admitted that what she did to her son was horrible, but insisted it was an accident.

"I'm not this person that goes around hurting babies, hurting children, I love my babies," Keyes told the judge.

Judge D'Apolito says he doesn't dispute her love for her children, but he reminded her that she put herself in a situation where she harmed her child. The judge says he's uncertain she knows whether or not this was an accident.

"The condition the child appears to be more than what would be an accident," he says. "From what I can tell you were under a lot of pressure, you were drinking, you were maybe doing other things, and you place yourself and not only yourself, but this child in a dangerous circumstance and thank God the child is alive."

Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Natasha Frenchko says the child was taken to Akron Children's Hospital in Boardman, where he was diagnosed. In addition to his diagnosis, a doctor's review indicates that the baby suffered other injuries.

"There was actually indications of more physical abuse of an obstruction to the airway, meaning that the child was choked," Frenchko says.

The child has suffered vision loss and is still on a feeding tube. While he's progressing in the care of medical professionals, Frenchko says his age makes it difficult to determine the extent of his injuries. 

 

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