Baby sitter from Montana could serve assault, endangering sentence there

September 13, 2017

A baby sitter who pleaded guilty in Washington County Court to simple assault and endangering a child in her care was sentenced to serve at least one year on electronic home monitoring.

Jennifer Lynn Stevens, 39, formerly of Hickory, Mt. Pleasant Township, will be able to serve her three-year probationary sentence, including the time on home monitoring, under the Intermediate Punishment Program if authorities in Roundup, Mont., agree to accept her case.

Judge Gary Gilman last week also ordered Stevens to have no contact with the baby, who was admitted to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in April of last year and was found to have suffered new and previous rib fractures that correlated with occasions when Stevens was watching the girl in North Strabane Township.

Other charges, including multiple counts of aggravated assault, were dismissed.

At Stevens’ preliminary hearing last year, her father, Chris Langhurst, said his daughter reported hearing voices and “thought she was healing the baby.”

Stevens served about five weeks in Washington County jail before she was released on bond in the summer 2016.

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