Babysitter sentenced to jail for injuries to infant

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman accused of harming an infant she was babysitting was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a half in jail.

Leanna Flora Pagans, 30, of Roanoke, received five years behind bars with all but 18 months suspended, news outlets reported.

Pagans, also known as Leanna Hagwood, was accused of causing injuries to a four month old child she was babysitting in 2017. The infant was taken to a hospital in September of that year, and doctors said the baby had signs of hemorrhages, “both old and new bleeds,” as well as bone fractures that were healing, Roanoke assistant prosecutor David Billingsley said.

The infant spent several days in the hospital and made a full recovery, the prosecutor said.

As a part of a plea deal, Pagans pleaded no contest to a child abuse charge in October 2019, news outlets reported. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a lesser, felony charge of cruelty to a child.

Pagans struggled with opioid abuse and said she didn't know what happened at the time of the child's injuries, defense attorney Darren Haley said.

Pagans has been jailed since July and will receive credit for time served, WFXR-TV reported. She must then be on three years of post-release supervision, according to news outlets.