CLARKSBURG — A young woman who abused her 2-year-old daughter is headed to prison for five to 25 years after a judge termed it a case of torture.
Harrison Circuit Judge Thomas A. Bedell sentenced Kelsey Turner, 22, of Stonewood, on Thursday morning.
The child is doing “reasonably well” now, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Susan Morris said.
But that wasn’t the case late last August when Harrison Sheriff’s Lt. P.B. McCarty was called to investigate.
A portion of the presentence report read into the record by the judge indicated the toddler had hemorrhaging to the right eye, was forced to eat red pepper seeds, and had bruises and cigarette burns all over her body.
Turner’s lawyer, Christina Mulligan, unsuccessfully sought placement of Turner in the Anthony Correctional Center for young offenders. Turner had three sets of parents before she was a year old, used drugs and alcohol as a young teen, and was married, divorced and had given birth to four children before she was 21, Mulligan said. Turner no longer has custody of any of the children.
Another defendant, Frank Cherubino, is awaiting sentencing in the case. He’s facing one count of child neglect resulting in injury; Turner was sentenced for five counts of child abuse resulting in injury.
We’ll have more in Friday’s print and electronic editions.