Freedom New Mexico
A Roosevelt County woman convicted of first-degree child abuse was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison.
Alicia Dean, 32, was given the maximum sentence under law, said District Attorney Matt Chandler.
“Because it is a first degree felony, there is a mandatory 18 year sentence,” Chandler said. “She would have to serve about 85 percent of her sentence before she would be eligible for parole.”
Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer prosecuted the case for the state.
Dean was arrested in February 2008 after her then 2-year-old daughter was admitted to Roosevelt General Hospital emergency room with second-degree burns. Police said the child was left unattended and climbed into the bathtub as it was filling with hot water.
The child received skin grafts and operations to treat in injuries.
Sheriff’s Office Investigator Shawn Gore said based on Dean’s story, it placed her in a position of clear case of negligence at minimum and “upon further investigation it lead us to believe that it could have been intentional.”
Gore said he was pleased with the verdict.