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Sugar Cookie

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A 22-year-old Barnhill animal is facing felony charges for leaving her toddler in the care of a man who injured him so severely that it nearly killed him.

22-year-old Shania Woods is charged with complicity, child endangerment and obstruction for the 2-year-old's hospitalization last November with life-threatening injuries. Tuscarawas County Assistant Prosecutor Amanda Miller says Woods had left the child in the care of her live-in boyfriend Joseph Sanders, who assaulted him so brutally that it took him to the brink of death.

"The child victim is alive, and he is recovering," she says. "He is quite the miracle."

Sanders was arrested in December and charged with felonious assault and endangering children. He pled guilty in March, and Common Pleas Court Judge Elizabeth Thomakos sentenced him to seven years in prison. Miller says with that case now out of the way, the prosecutor’s office is setting its sights on Woods, accusing her of failing to protect the child and aiding and abetting Sanders.

Miller says they’re seeking the maximum possible prison sentence for each of the charges.
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Sugar Cookie

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"He defied the odds time and time again and despite a really grim prognosis, he’s continued to persevere and improve every day but there’s no doubt he will suffer the effects of the harm the rest of his life," he says.

The Monster accused of causing life-threatening injuries to a toddler will be spending the next five to seven years in prison.

Joseph Sanders, 22, entered a plea of no contest to one count of felonious assault and two counts of endangering children. Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court Judge Elizabeth Thomakos sentenced him to seven years in prison followed by three years of parole, describing his crime as “reprehensible.”

Sanders was arrested on December 11th in connection with the more than two-month hospitalization of a two-year-old in his care. Assistant Prosecutor Amanda Miller said the child was injured so badly that he had no detectable brain activity when he was life-flighted to Akron Children’s from Cleveland Clinic Union Hosptial.

"It was very quickly determined that he was not showing any meaningful brain function at that time, and so when it was arranged for him to be flown to Akron Children’s, it was also discussed that Akron Children’s would be putting their transplant/harvest team protocols into place," she said.

Miller said it was only by grace and through the incredible skill of the pediatric surgeons at Akron Children’s that the child was able to survive.

Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services Director David Haverfield joined Miller in asking the judge to impose the maximum possible sentence of eight years in prison. He said that even though the child has been steadily healing from the physical injuries, the trauma inflicted on him will last a lifetime.

Defense Attorney Gerald Latanich asked the judge to impose a seven-year sentence due to Sanders having no previous felony convictions and being at low risk for recidivism.

Judge Thomakos ultimately granted the request, but not before issuing a strong rebuke against Sanders for remaining silent when given an opportunity to answer for his actions.
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Sugar Cookie

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This child has a lifelong sentence and this man will be out in probably five years old looking to date another woman with a young child to abuse.

If mom even gets sent to prison it will not equal the sentence her child was given.
 

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caitierig

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I will never, ever understand how attorneys that defend these sewer dwellers sleep at night. Probably in a bed of money, but there is no amount of money on earth that would keep me from luring this asshole into a Burmese tiger trap filled with actual tigers under the guise of being his defense attorney.

This sentence is absolutely appalling. They should get sentenced what the child is sentenced to. An entire life of hardship in the form of prison in gen pop.
 

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