Penngrove Couple Pleads No Contest to Child Abuse

Two-month old daughter found to have fractures and bruises on body; parents relinquishing rights to child

A Penngrove couple accused of abusing their 2-month-old child entered no-contest pleas this morning in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Lyndsay Patricia Jackson, 20, and Jesus Daniel Colula, 26, were each charged with two counts of felony child abuse, and both pleaded no contest to one of the charges, Deputy District Attorney Rosanne Darling said.

The couple face 12-year prison terms when they are sentenced on Sept. 27, Darling said.

The baby's injuries were reported to Child Protective Services in May after the couple took the baby to a doctor for an exam, Sonoma County sheriff's Lt. Dennis O'Leary said. The infant was then taken to OaklandChildren's Hospital.

The injuries included a broken bone, several fractures, bruises and a contusion, O'Leary said.

When questioned, the couple could not give a plausible reason for the severe injuries or why they didn't seek medical attention for the baby for at least a week, O'Leary said.

They were arrested June 6 at their Sturtevant Drive home and were booked into Sonoma County Jail.

Darris August 24, 2012 at 06:16 PM
This is heartbreaking . . . my heart aches for that infant. To stop the cycle of abuse these young parents need intensive counseling. It's likely they were abused as children. Parenting is difficult. There is help out there and it's free if you don't have the money to pay. PLEASE contact California Parenting Institue (CPI) for information about their classes on parenting. http://www.calparents.org/classes.shtml They are an amazing resource for parents and provide a non-judgmental, supportive environment. Don't try to parent alone, it truly does take a 'village'. CPI can provide the community . . .
pdf August 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
What gets me is that this couple not only abused this infant, but never got the baby medical attention after a week. Good to know that there's help for abusive parents, but they need some serious consequences for their behavior.


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