A Pennsylvania mother who lied about having cancer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for “severely” beating her 11-month-old baby.
Ashley Reichart, 27, reportedly faked having cancer to get sympathy and, during a “week of hell,” severely beat her daughter, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s office.
The mother admitted to authorities that during a week in 2014, she slammed her 11-month-old daughter on the floor six times and “forcefully” tipped her stroller forward so that the baby fell face-down onto cement, said the Levittown Patch.
According to police, the baby had burns on her legs, which were never explained.
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The baby suffered multiple skull fractures, a fractured leg, a fractured jaw, a perforated eardrum, second-degree burns, bruising to her face and back, and a scratched cornea, Bucks County District Attorney Jennifer Schorn told the judge, adding that the baby “... could have died.”
On October 6, Reichard pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a felony count of aggravated assault.
“What you did to this child is, quite frankly, unspeakable,” Judge Wallace H. Bateman told Reichard in court.
The baby, now two and a half, is currently living with her father and has since recovered from her injuries, the District Attorney’s office confirmed.
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Reichard has been ordered to serve up to 12 years in state prison for the assault of her child.