2 women indicted in child abuse cases

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Two Youngstown women were indicted Thursday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in two separate cases of child abuse.

Shauna Barber, 26, of 55 S. Schenley Ave., is facing three third-degree felony counts of endangering children. Julie Keyes, 27, of 517 Cambridge Ave., is facing two felony counts of endangering children and one count of felonious assault.

According to a Mahoning County grand jury report, both women had their charges presented directly to a grand jury, meaning they have not been previously charged in the cases.

Barber is accused of abusing a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old between April 1 and May 2, according to the indictment. An assistant Mahoning County prosecutor said the victims are the children of her boyfriend. The prosecutor said the children’s father reported the abuse.

Keyes is accused of injuring a 4-month-old baby on July 10. The prosecutor said the boy’s father showed up at the hospital with the infant, who had severe brain injuries. Investigators believe the baby was shaken, and Children’s Services is assisting with the case.

According to court records, Keyes pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct July 14, 2009, after she was arrested on a theft charge for a shoplifting incident at the Wal-Mart on Doral Drive in Boardman. She paid a fine and was ordered to stay off the premises.

Court records show Barber pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct Aug. 19, 2008, after she was arrested on a theft charge for a shoplifting incident at the Wal-Mart on Doral Drive in Boardman. She was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and was placed on one year probation.

Barber pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing justice on June 11, 2012, and a charge of complicity was dismissed. She was placed on six months of non-reporting probation, court records show.

On May 10, 2012, Barber was issued a summons for a shoplifting incident at Kohl’s in Boardman. She pleaded guilty Aug. 28 to a charge of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to six months of reporting probation, court records show. She also was referred to a drug and alcohol treatment and ordered to attend a shoplifting treatment program, as well as ordered to stay off the premises of Kohl’s.

Court records show Barber successfully completed her probation in May.

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