Oct 26, 2012 9:00 AM by AP/CS

Baton Rouge woman guilty of child cruelty

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An East Baton Rouge Parish jury deliberated just 15 minutes before unanimously finding a St. Gabriel woman guilty in a child cruelty case involving her young stepson.

The boy, who will turn 5 in December, was rushed to a Baton Rouge hospital in August 2009 at the age of 20 months after ingesting fingernail polish remover.

The Advocate reports medical personnel testified at Charlotte Staggs' trial that the boy was malnourished and dehydrated, had bruises and scrapes on his body and a distinctive burn mark from a fork on his right thigh.

The jury of six women and six men convicted Staggs on Thursday of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. She faces up to 40 years in prison.

State District Judge Mike Erwin set sentencing for Nov. 7.


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