[Ed. – Another mother-of-the-year candidate]
A North Little Rock mother of three has been sentenced to eight years in prison for inflicting bone-breaking injuries on her youngest child, her 5-month-old son.
Sentencing papers filed on Thursday by deputy prosecutor Jayme Butts-Hall show that Quintina Lashay Morgan, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree domestic battery, endangering the welfare of a child and failure to appear. In exchange, she received an eight-year prison term imposed by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herb Wright.
Under the terms of Morgan’s guilty plea, negotiated by defense attorney Joe Joslin, prosecutors reduced the battery charge from a Class Y felony, which carries a potential life sentence, to a Class B felony, which has a penalty range of five to 20 years in prison.
Court records show that about a week before Thanksgiving 2017, detective Lonnell Tims was called to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where the boy, Ladetrick Harris Jr., was being treated for a skull fracture, older multiple right femur fractures that were healing, a left tibia fracture and left-rear rib fractures.