A Larkfield woman was sentenced to six years in prison Monday for willful infliction of injury to her then-11-week-old son who suffered bone fractures and a brain injury. Monserrat Salgado, 20, pleaded guilty to the three felony charges a month before the scheduled trial in Sonoma County Superior Court.
Salgado faced up to 18 years and eight months in prison, and Sonoma County prosecutors had asked for a 12- to 15-year sentence. The infant suffered a fractured arm, two broken legs and a brain injury on or around Sept. 6, 2015. Salgado brought the infant to Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, and he was transferred to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland where doctors discovered the brain injury, according to the district attorney’s office. Doctors said the injuries were the result of violent yanking and twisting or pulling consistent with being shaken.
According to a doctor at Children’s Hospital, if the baby had not been brought in, he would have died, and he is still recovering from his injuries, prosecutors said. Salgado gave different explanations for how the injuries occurred, according to police testimony at her preliminary hearing in October 2015.
She claimed her 3-year-old daughter was jealous and aggressive with the boy and pushed him off a bed while she was taking a shower. She also said she pressed the boy’s face close to her shoulder to calm him and placed blankets around him in his bassinet.
“This defenseless child suffered unimaginable injuries at the hands of his mother. Clearly this was a tragic case with no winners,” District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement. “Nevertheless, there was no other just outcome than for this defendant to be sent to prison. Although we sought a lengthier sentence, we respect the court’s decision,” Ravitch said.
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