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Jury sentences mother to 4 years for child abuse

By Brian Knox | Published Thursday, January 11, 2018
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Rachael Michelle Mainers

A former Wise County resident was sentenced to prison Thursday after a jury returned a four-year verdict after finding her guilty of causing a broken leg in her 1-month-old child in November of 2015.

Rachael Michelle Mainers, 26, of Azle, formerly of Chico, was found guilty of the state jail felony charge of criminal negligence injury to a child causes serious bodily injury. She had been charged by prosecutors with a second degree felony charge of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury, but the jury found her guilty of the lesser charge.

But the jury also found that Mainers used a deadly weapon — her hands — while causing the injury, which enhanced the punishment range to a third degree felony of 2 to 10 years in prison. She was also eligible for probation.

In addition to the 4-year sentence, the jury assessed the maximum $10,000 fine.

Prosecutors provided evidence that Mainers brought her young son to a doctor after she said the child rolled out of her bed during the night. X-rays showed a complete spiral fracture of the leg that a nurse practicioner from Cook Children’s Medical Center testified could only be caused by a strong twisting action on the leg and not a fall.

Mainers later told investigators that the injury was caused when she grabbed her son’s leg as he was falling from the bed.

During the punishment phase of the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Mainers had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault family violence about one month before her son’s injury, in October of 2015.

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