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A Hudson Valley grandmother admitted to assaulting her grandson, of whom she was the primary caregiver.
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Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced Wednesday that Kimberly Bennett, 45, of Middletown, had pleaded guilty to assault in Orange County Court.
Bennet pleaded guilty to assaulting his seven-month-old granddaughter, of whom she was the primary caregiver.
The assault, which took place on February 22, 2020, at Bennett’s home on Bedford Avenue in the city of Middletown, caused the child serious physical injuries, including brain and eye damage, and left the child blind child.
Hoovler said the following after the guilty plea:
“It is unthinkable that these injuries could have been inflicted by the person who was primarily responsible for the welfare of this child,” said district attorney David Hoovler. “I am grateful to the Middletown City Police Department for their tireless actions in pursuing this matter. There is no excuse for inflicting these types of life changing injuries on an innocent baby. Help is available in Orange County for those who feel they are unable to look after their children. “
On February 22, 2020, Middletown City Police officers and paramedics attended Bennett’s residence and found the seven-month-old baby unconscious and with bruises on his face.
A joint investigation was conducted by the Middletown City Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the New York State Police. The results were presented to an Orange County grand jury that indicted Bennett on charges including assault.
Bennett was arrested by the Middletown City Police Department.
Bennett was returned to Orange County Jail in lieu of $ 150,000 cash bond, $ 500,000 secured bond, or $ 1,000,000 partially secured bond . She is to be sentenced on January 5, 2022.
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