A New Hampshire woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on a 12-day-old baby will not serve any jail time.
Sarah Haines, 25, received a suspended sentence of 18 months to four years in New Hampshire State Prison. Grafton Superior Court Judge Peter H. Bornstein placed Haines on four years probation, during which she isn’t allowed any unsupervised contact with minors.
State officials refused to disclose Haines relationship to the infant, but she was ordered to attend parenting classes.
On Jan. 20, Haines and the baby, who was identified in court records only by initials, were both at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The infant suffered lacerations to the face and head, according to Lebanon Police Deputy Chief Phil Roberts
Investigators say the motive for the attack remains unclear. Police said Haines was in possession of buprenorphine, a drug prescribed for opiate addiction, at the time of the attack.
“We never really got a strong answer. It could be drugs or it could be mental health,” Roberts told the Union Leader.
Bornstein ordered Haines to undergo a psychological evaluation, a drug and alcohol evaluation, parenting classes and all recommended treatment. The results of each will be reported to her probation officer.
The custody of the child was not disclosed. Roberts said the Vermont Department for Children and Families is involved in the case.
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