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January 8, 2014

COURTS: Woman granted deferred judgment in baby-injury case

CLINTON — A Clinton County woman has been granted a deferred judgment in connection with a February 2013 incident that authorities say led to life-threatening injuries for a 6-week-old baby.

Debra J. Dillon, of Wheatland, was granted a 12-month deferred judgment after pleading guilty last week to child endangerment without injury. She also is to pay a $625 civil penalty. As part of the plea agreement, one count of willful injury causing serious injury and two counts of child endangerment causing serious injury were dismissed.

Dillon was one of three people accused of willful injury and child endangerment last spring in connection with injuries sustained by her niece’s baby on Feb. 18, 2013. Also charged were the niece, Danielle Bunce, and Eladio Pena Jr., both of Calamus.

Pena pleaded guilty in July to child endangerment with serious injury, habitual offender, and was ordered to serve up to 15 years in prison. A charge of willful injury causing serious injury and two counts of child endangerment causing serious injury were dismissed.

The case against Bunce is ongoing. Last month, she was granted a new attorney to represent her. She is accused of three counts of child endangerment with serious injury and one count of willful injury causing serious injury.



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