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Mom Sentenced for Trying to Pull Son's Arms Off

Chelsie Grant, 19, of Lower Milford, was sentenced in Lehigh County Court to 1 to 2 years in prison for abuse of her 6-month-old son.

A Lehigh County judge sentenced a Lower Milford woman Friday to one to two years in prison and 18 years' probation for abusing her 6-month-old son earlier this year.

Chelsie Grant, 19, who pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault, faced 10 to 20 years in prison under sentencing guidelines. Her guity plea and other mitigating circumstances, including her low intelligence, mental health and remorse, contributed to the short jail sentence, Judge James T. Anthony said.

"It's a very serious crime you committed," Anthony said. "You are obviously not capable of raising a child."

Anthony criticized the adults in her family for not contacting Lehigh County Children and Youth earlier.

The child's paternal grandmother, who has custody of the boy, now 16 months old, and his 6-month-old sister who was born in prison, gasped as the sentence was read. Assistant District Attorney Anna-Kristie Marks declined to comment.

"I think the judge did the right thing," said Carol Marciano, Grant's attorney. "Chelsie is not evil. She's very troubled and [the judge] took into consideration all the mitigating circumstances."

Marciano said Grant, who is eligible for parole in a year, might never be granted custody of her children.

Grant was arrested in February for systematic abuse of her 6-month old son, including:

  • Twisting and breaking the baby's arms
  • Choking him
  • Shoving objects into his throat

Grant, who waived her preliminary hearing in late February, pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of felony aggravated assault that can carry a sentence of a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years. Grant originally was charged with one count of attempted homicide and two counts of felony aggravated assault. 

According to the criminal complaint, Grant brought her son to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest on Jan. 12, claiming his father had abused the boy. Emergency room doctors confirmed the boy had several injuries, including a right elbow dislocation and fractures of both arms and legs.

Despite claiming at first that the boy's father caused the injuries, she later confessed to abusing her son. When confessing, Grant reenacted the abuse with a doll. The complaint says Grant "placed one hand on the child's chest and used the other hand to pull the arms of the child as far as she could several times in each direction. She then grabbed the ankles of the victim and twisted them in both directions and pushed both legs up toward the chest of the child and pulled them down forcefully several times."

She also admitted to shoving spoons and paper down the baby's throat. 

G October 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Judge Anthony put her on probation for 18 years, saving countless money for us and ensuring that this women will be watched very closely for eighteen years!!/
G October 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I was at the sentencing today and I saw a feeble young kid who was19 at the time and admitted that she was wrong as well Besides additional Jail time, Judge Anthony put her on probation for 18 years, saving countless money for us and ensuring that this women will be watched very closely for eighteen years!!/
G October 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I was at the sentencing today and I saw a feeble young kid who was19 at the time and admitted that she was wrong as well Judge Anthony put her on probation for 18 years, saving countless money for us and ensuring that this women will be watched very closely for eighteen years!!/
G October 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I was at the sentencing today and I saw a feeble young kid who was19 at the time and admitted that she was wrong as well besides additional jail time Judge Anthony put her on probation for 18 years, saving countless money for us and ensuring that this women will be watched very closely for eighteen years.
G October 19, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I was at the sentencing today and I saw a feeble young kid who was19 at the time and admitted that she was wrong besides additional jail time, Judge Anthony put her on probation for 18 years, saving countless money for us and ensuring that this women will be watched very closely for eighteen years!!/
G October 19, 2012 at 10:28 PM
plus 18 years probation. long time.
G October 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I was at the sentencing today and I saw a feeble young kid who was19 at the time and admitted that she was wrong as well additional jail Judge Anthony put her on probation for 18 years, saving countless money for us and ensuring that this women will be watched very closely for eighteen years!!/
G October 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I was at the sentencing today and I saw a feeble young kid who was19 at the time and admitted that she was wrong as well as additional jail Judge Anthony put her on probation for 18 years, saving countless money for us and ensuring that this women will be watched very closely for eighteen years!!/
jessica October 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM
That's a slap on her hand! Makes me sick!!! There is so many couples out there trying to have children and cant. Yet , this girl is trying to tear one apart.DISGUSTING! SHAME ON YOU JUDGE! I don't feel bad for this girl one bit, she knew what she was doing when she laid in that bed. Let's just call this " a slap on the hand for her" !
G October 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM
You should have a heart Jill give her a job watching your baby in 17 years and I will bet 1,000,0000 you will have nothing to say, I will even put 100,000 in 2 years you come home there's little Johny no fractures.
tamarya October 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Oh please G, I am literally screwed up neurologically however I am 34, and even if I would hurt my kids in anyway I would see a prison cell for 18 yrs. Even not doing near the harm that this woman did to her child I would still see 18 yrs, if not more. Please do not give me the helpless 19 yr old kid because she is a woman, and will this person be watched so she does not reproduce anymore? And also my mom was 19 when she had me, guess I should be thankful my mom was a 19 yr old that knew how to be a mom and love her child.
Chris October 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Person calling yourself G. You apparently don't have children cause if you did the only punishment you would feel is exceptable would be for her to rot in hell for torturing an innocent baby. May I ask what the hell is wrong with you for thinking that sentence was fare.
tamarya October 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
No G a real mother would not let this person watch our kids, and enough of the pity her garbage, my kids knew how to treat our cats better than this 19 yr old treated her child, and we have had our cats since our youngest was 6.
Robert Sentner October 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM
.40 cal. hollow point is too kind. feeling physically ill after reading this.
tamarya October 20, 2012 at 12:27 AM
She should have the sentence that the slatington mother has, bail set at 1 million dollars.
Dana October 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM
This makes me sick to my stomach along with all of the other sickening abusive crap out there! Children are the most innocent victims to these kinds of inexcusable acts and the fact that our laws and this judge are basically saying "oh go ahead you sick, messed up people, inflict pain amongst these defenseless children and watch them scream in pain, then come to court and we will not only allow you to live, but basically set you free". Yeah, what a great world in which we live....... DISGUSTING!
Sheila Mason October 20, 2012 at 02:45 AM
How could anyone stick up for this monster? How could you do that to an innocent baby? I'm sorry, but she is not worth the space she takes up or the air that fills her lungs. 18 years probation,,,come on...what a joke!!!!
jessica October 20, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I have a feeling " G" is a family member...
Carl W October 20, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Did you think, however incredibly horrible & unthinkable this is, that families & friends are safe? "95% of all types of child abuse, even kidnapping, and selling them, comes from family & trusted friends." - Center for Missing & Exploited Children & U. S. Dept. of Justice. Having worked on psychiatric inpatient units, you don't want to hear the details. That's why all areas HAVE places like Lehigh County Children and Youth
Staberdearth October 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM
I especially find it disgusting that the label of low intelligence can be used selectively whenever it is of advantage, especially in cases such as this. Can you imagine if this 19 year old were rejected from a job and the reason was low intelligence. It wouldn't stand! The violence done against the young child is pure evil. She should be mandated to be kept away from all children much as a convicted pedophilic must steer clear of any contact with children. G, WHO THE HELL ARE YOU? I see that you are enamored with the copy and paste function!
phylliss ward October 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM
That is what I was thinking, but why she did it is beyond my scope of imagination. Too horrific. She will still be able to see them when she gets out as her in-laws have custody. That poor baby.
phylliss ward October 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM
I was thinking the same as she should never be around children ever again
Dennis Smith October 20, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Even wild animals know how to care for their young!!! Low intelligence could explain not feeding the child a proper diet or not bathing the child regularly. But abusing that poor baby like that is not acceptable or explained by her "Condition"!!!
Carmen October 20, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I totally agree-this woman should never produce another child-I have a beautiful grandchild now so full of joy and innocence I could never imagine anyone wanting to harm him
snowwhite October 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
If G is a family member, where was she early to help this this poor baby, G a little to late for any one to feel sorry for that Mother.
Melody October 20, 2012 at 05:35 PM
G. Your only concern that they are saving taxpayers money!!!!! Really!!! She is a physco who belongs in a mental hospital and treated. Probation ! Oh yes that was a fair sentencing. That judge should be thrown off the bench. People get more time for processing pot. What was this judge thinking ? 18 years in prison is not enough!
tracystough October 20, 2012 at 07:53 PM
@G...I am in agreement with everyone who believes this sentence is WAY too soft! As to your continued posting of her being closely watched for 18 years, how are they going to watch her every moment and are they going to sterilize her as well? If not, surely they won't be watching her when she is alone. If she does have access to these babies as she most likely will, who's going to protect them? Obviously the family didn't see any of this or chose to turn a blind eye to protect her, not the baby! There is NO way she should be able to be with those babies ever, and should not be able to conceive ever again! She lost those rights!
N/A October 22, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Just letting you all know, this is my cousin! And I grew up with her! But i didn't hear about these horrible crimes until she was already sent away... She has always been like this. She's a nasty human being. and the person calling yourself "G", you don't know her! She deserves far worse than that, and I'm her cousin saying this! I can't really say I'm surprised though... I never see her, but when I was informed she had a child, I prayed to God he'd be okay, or for her sake she grew some sanity in the decade I hadn't seen her... but it appears neither of those prayers were answered. She deserves to rot! Endlessly. and to now find out she had another child while in prison...... I don't even know what to say anymore about her.... But that she's a bad memory from my childhood and a bad image of my family. If i could see her now.... God have mercy....
jess October 27, 2012 at 06:24 AM
When i was 3 my birth mother scalded me with boiling water and broke my arm. I have 3rd degree burns on 52% of my body. Im 23. She only got 9 yrs probation. I dont feel sorry for this chick at all. Someone has to pay for hurting innocent children. Im one of 6 and the only one to suffer abuse like that. She should be goin to munsee
George Speros Maniatty, Jr. December 07, 2012 at 05:10 AM
As a matter of fact, Judge Anthony is a very Conservative Republican judge.

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