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Pasco mother’s plea deal in child abuse case will be reviewed due to competency issue

TAMPA — On Nov. 19, Violet Hinrichs shuffled into a courtroom in downtown Tampa, raised her right hand, and pleaded guilty to charges that would put her in prison for five years. She was a week shy of her 20th birthday and as she stood before the judge, her jail-issued jacket hung from her slim 5’2” frame, giving her a child-like appearance. Did she understand the consequences of pleading guilty? the judge asked her. “Yes sir,” she said softly, giving the answer she is accustomed to giving. Tears rolled down her cheeks. In April, authorities say, Hinrichs repeatedly tried to smother her 7-month-old son while he was hospitalized. She was caught on camera pressing on the boy’s tiny chest until his skin turned blue. Standing before a judge six months later, she did what most people do: she took a plea deal. But information that neither her attorney nor the state brought to light during that hearing could change the course of Hinrichs’ case. (11/26/14) [Eve Edelheit |]

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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