Wellsville woman sentenced for having child with underage boy

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — A 28-year-old Wellsville woman whose baby was fathered by a 15-year-old boy was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday.

Prosecutors say Stephanie Marie Stilwell’s relationship with the teen began in April 2014 in the Echo Dell trailer park, and the child was born in January, the Morning Journal reported.

Authorities learned of Stilwell’s relationship with the teenager after reading a birth announcement in the newspaper, which listed the 15-year-old as the father of the baby.

Stilwell pleaded guilty to an unlawful sexual conduct with a minor charge in October. Her attorney said Stilwell suffers from depression and “allowed herself the affections” of the teenage boy, according to the Morning Journal. He added that the boy’s mother did not stop the five-month relationship with Stilwell.

In addition to the prison term, Stilwell was ordered to register as a Tier II sex offender, providing her address to authorities for the next 25 years.

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