Woman sentenced to two years in jail for breaking infant daughter’s bones in Brunswick

Posted May 02, 2014, at 1:19 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A former Brunswick woman charged with breaking several of her infant daughter’s bones has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Shelagh Kavin, 23, most recently of Boothbay Harbor, was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury in March 2013 for aggravated assault, a Class B felony, but pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of simple assault, according to court documents.

In February 2012, Brunswick police were contacted by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and received a report of “several issues of neglect” involving the family, Detective Greg Mears said at the time.

“Based on medical reports, it was determined that the 8-month-old baby had suffered injuries that included several broken bones,” Mears said.

Prosecutors said the injuries occurred between May 2011 and February 2012.

The child’s father, 24-year-old Dorell Carter, was indicted on the lesser Class D charge of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred over the same time period.

Carter pleaded guilty in October 2013 and was sentenced to seven days in jail, according to court documents.

Kavin pleaded not guilty to the charge of aggravated assault. On March 24, 2013, she pleaded guilty to simple assault and the charge of aggravated assault was dismissed.

She was sentenced in March to two years in jail.

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