Woman convicted of shaking baby sentenced to five years

3 years 1 month 6 days ago Tuesday, March 17 2015 Mar 17, 2015 Tuesday, March 17, 2015 4:57:00 PM CDT March 17, 2015 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLE COUNTY - A judge sentenced a Cole County woman Tuesday to five years for endangering the welfare of a child.

Judge Patricia Joyce sentenced Shelley Richter after a jury upheld her guilty verdict in December 2014.

Richter was accused of shaking and injuring seven-month-old Lane Schaefer while babysitting him in August 2010. Richter said she accidentally tripped over another child and dropped Lane.

When Lane went limp, Richter said she called a neighbor before calling 911 or his family.

Prosecutors in Richter's March 2013 trial said Lane's injuries, which include blindness and performing basic motor functions, stem from being shaken.

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