Mom sentenced for abuse

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A mother accused of breaking both of her child’s legs was sentenced Thursday in Trumbull County Court.

Megan Grubb, 24, was sentenced to a maximum three years in prison for child endangering. The sentence comes after a plea deal in which prosecutors said Grubb physically abused her 6-month-old son in March of 2012.

During hearing, family members were given the opportunity to address the court. Kimberly Grubb is married to the boy’s grandfather and the couple has guardianship of the child. She said her grandson also suffered bruising from an earlier attack in February and asked the court for the maximum sentence.

“Mark was six months old. He had two broken legs. He can’t say when it hurt or how long he laid there not getting medical attention,” said Grubb. “We hope he never knows what happened to him because the one person who should protect you more than anyone else is your mother, and she is the one who did it to him.”

Jessie Hughes, the biological paternal grandmother, testified that Grubb was manipulative and untrustworthy. She said no child should ever suffer like her grandson did.

“He has been the happiest, loving baby,” Hughes said. “It’s rare for him to have anything other than a smile on his face. I can’t imagine this child having the effect on anybody, let alone his mother, to cause the type of injuries that he had.”

Grubb took responsibility for her son’s injuries but denied she broke his legs. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ron Rice gave Grubb the opportunity to explain herself through several exchanges.

Judge Rice:     Are you saying you didn’t break your son’s legs?

Grubb:            I didn’t break my son’s legs.

Judge Rice:     Who did?

Grubb:            I don’t know.

Grubb said her son’s injuries may have come from a “bouncer” seat.

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