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Woman Gets 25 Years in Prison for Child Abuse

Maria E. Rangel was babysitting when she hurt a baby who was crying.

A 28-year-old woman will spend 25 years in prison after she hurt an infant so badly via Flight for Life.

Maria E. Rangel, of Waukesha, was ordered Wednesday to be on eight years of supervision after she serves her initial prison sentence on the felony child abuse conviction in

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were called to a house in the 300 block of Darlene Drive on June 2 after it was reported there was an infant with no pulse and not breathing. The child was transported to the hospital where medical personnel discovered numerous injuries within the infant, including two skull fractures, swelling on the brain and a mid-right side tibia fracture.

Rangel initially denied causing injury to the infant, saying she discovered the baby wasn’t breathing when she went to feed the boy. Rangel told police she called the baby’s mother who came over and began to shake him to wake him up.

Rangel later told investigators the infant’s head accidentally hit the door of the refrigerator while she was holding him and she then lost grip of the infant who fell on the floor.

She eventually admitted to squeezing and shaking the baby because the infant continued to cry.

Vernon January 06, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Will the Baby be OK, or is there any permanent damage?
Sarah Millard (Editor) January 06, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Working on getting that information...
Vernon January 06, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thanks Sarah, I would have to say major permanent damage, considering the sentence. Do you know what kind of time the smother mothers from Milwaukee get?
Johnny Paycheck January 07, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Even if the infant did "recover" I don't see how he/she would ever have normal brain function. People don't grow up to be doctors and scientists after suffering traumatic head injuries like that as infants. Now realize that if a man did this there would be people everywhere calling for his execution and the 25 years she just got doesn't sound like a very harsh sentence.
Martin Tully February 15, 2013 at 07:25 PM
I agree Johnny. If a man did this he would be in jail for life. Now, she will get out and be able to inflict more punishment on society. And of course she will be getting free medical and social security checks. Seems unfair all the way around.

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