These hoes be actin’ up…
A Reading woman was found guilty Wednesday in Berks County Court of breaking nine of her son’s bones over a six-month period last year.
The jury deliberated for nearly four hours before convicting Kiara Mayne Estright, 19, of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
Between April 2011 and October while the boy was living with his mother in the 600 block of North 10th Street, he suffered two separate fractures to a leg that broke again after his cast was removed, a broken collarbone, a skull fracture that bled, a broken arm, a broken hand and three broken ribs.
During her testimony in a three-day trial before Judge Linda K.M. Ludgate, Estright repeatedly denied harming her son and insisted she did not tell detectives and caseworkers that she did.
She said she did give them possible explanations for how the injuries might have happened.
“He was always running around,” Estright said. “I let him be a boy. He was very active and very curious.”
That’s the best you got? “He was very active”??? SMH
Medical testimony indicated that the injuries were not caused by the boy’s vitamin D deficiency or bone abnormalities.
In his closing argument, Estright’s Reading attorney, Kevin Feeney, said Estright’s family and friends testified that she was patient with the boy and had a good relationship with him.
“No one ever saw marks on this child,” he said. “No one saw the child being afraid of Kiara. She’s a good mother.
“There’s a complete lack of evidence on how these injuries occurred.”
Assistant District Attorney Ellen R. West told the jury that the boy has had no additional injuries since he began living with a foster family.
“He was 15 to 22 months old when this happened,” West said. “All nine breaks happened when he was alone with his mother. On that one fact the defendant was certain. She specifically denied that anyone else did it.”
Estright was committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail to await sentencing.
Go directly to jail, do not pass “GO”, do NOT collect $200.
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