Robin Simmons of Sand Mountain pled guilty this week to child abuse, assistant district attorney Tim Jolley said.

She received a 5-year sentence. The part that is up in the air is just how much of that she will serve in prison. She can apply for probation, but no set time was agreed upon as far as actual jail time she would get.

“The agreement is she can put on any evidence she wants at the sentencing hearing, but so can we,” Jolley said.

The prosecution will be seeking jail time.

The child in question was 22 months old. Simmons’ boyfriend has also been charged, but his case is still pending. Neither he nor she admitted to the abuse.

“It was more of a case built around the injuries to the child, which included swollen, cracked lips, bruising, bruising to the inside of the mouth and fractures,” Jolley said.

The boyfriend took the child to the emergency room. Medical personnel suspected abuse and contacted DHR.

Simmons did not go to the ER with the child. Jolley said she gave the excuses that she was home cooking dinner, did not have transportation and had to see after the other child.

The father of the child is actually deceased, Jolley said. DHR removed the child from the mother’s custody and she is now with the deceased father’s family.

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