April 24, 2014

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Mom who injured son gets 3 years

ELYRIA — An Avon mother who fractured her 10-month-old son’s wrist and ribs and gave him a blood clot on the brain in October will serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to felonious assault and endangering children Wednesday.
Heather Harper sobbed as she apologized to county Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery.
“I just want to say I’m sorry, and I do love my baby. And I miss him. And I wish things could have been different,” she said. “I wish I could have asked for help when I knew I needed it.”
Denise Wilms, Harper’s attorney, said her client has lost custody of all three of her children to Lorain County Children Services, which already had dealt with Harper twice before.
“It’s just an unfortunate situation,” she said. “There’s no winner here. The children lose their mother, and she’s going to prison.”
Harper served 60 days in jail after pleading no contest to child endangering and obstructing official business for kicking her then 1-year-old daughter in 2000. She was also accused of mistreating her grandmother and stealing $1,000 from her in West Virginia in 1996.
County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the latest case appears to have been a pattern of abusive behavior in which Harper injured the child several times.
Harper and Calvin Lewis, her boyfriend, took the baby to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland on Oct. 30 after Lewis noticed the boy was shaking and had an unusual cry.
Harper was arrested the next day.
Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.