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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. 

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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