Plea agreement pending for accused mother

PLYMOUTH - A tentative plea agreement has been reached in a case of aggravated battery and child neglect.

On May 10 Plymouth Police and Emergency personnel were called to the residence of Diana Turner regarding a child that was not breathing normally. Plymouth Sgt. Gary Cleveland was first on the scene and requested Plymouth Detective Sgt. Leo Mangus respond as well.

The child was taken to Memorial Hospital and subsequently recovered. The child is showing no signs of lasting injury and doing well.

According to the probable cause affidavit in the case Turner told her mother that she had placed her hand over the mouth of her one month old child until the child had stopped crying. Mangus obtained statements from Turner and her mother on the incident.

At that time she was arrested and taken to the Marshall County Jail.
Last week a plea agreement was filed in Marshall Superior Court I with Turner being released from jail at that time. The agreement - that must still be approved by the court - would have Turner pleading to the charge of neglect of a dependent and receiving a sentence of three years with 90 days to be served and a year of reporting probation.

Also filed in court by the state is a no contact order for Turner pending the sentencing. Under the no contact order Turner may see her child but only in the direct supervision of the Department of Family Services that has custody of the child.

Tentative sentencing in the case is set for Aug. 7.

(This story was published in the July 3 edition of The Pilot News.)