Missouri Mother Gets New Trial on Abuse Charges
ST. CHARLES (AP) - A district judge has ordered a new trial for a 38-year-old Missouri woman convicted of child abuse.
Gina Grzeskowiak, a St. Peters mother of three, was found guilty of three counts of child abuse and one count of child endangerment after a four-day jury trial in March in St. Charles County. She faced up to 15 years in prison on each count when she was in court Friday for sentencing.
Her attorney, Charles James, however, filed a motion before the sentencing for a new trial. James said a child witness had recanted her story about the abuse.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Circuit Judge Ted House ruled that Grzeskowiak's conviction should be thrown out.
St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar says he'll ask the judge to reconsider the ruling.