|Kids had scratches in their scalps from hair being pulled out|
Friday, August 29, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Penhook woman will serve three years of a five-year prison sentence for abusing her four grandchildren.
Andrea Aldaba, 42, pleaded guilty last month to the felony charge of causing bodily injury to a child, four misdemeanor charges of abuse and neglect, and two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery.
Aldaba was sentenced to 12 months in jail on each of the misdemeanor charges with all of the time suspended.
Also, Aldaba was sentenced to five years of probation once she serves her time and was ordered to be of good behavior for 12 years.
Prosecutor Patrick Nix said the abuse involved Aldaba's four grandchildren for whom she was the caregiver. The children range in age from 5 to 9 years old.
The abuse occurred between September and October 2013, Nix said.
The children are now in custody of Child Protective Services.
A social worker who examined the children said the children had multiple bruises on their bodies, scratches throughout their scalps, caused by their hair being pulled out, and swollen hands, according to Nix. Two of the children had red spots in their eyes that were believed to be the result of blunt force trauma.
When the social worker visited the residence where Aldaba and the children were living, the home was cluttered with debris and other safety hazards, she said. Also, there was a strong urine smell on some items in the home. The four children were also dirty and their clothes were dirty.