HESPERIA – A Hesperia woman was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for the death of her 2-year-old son Grant Dunn Jr. District Attorney’s officials said.
The Victorville Superior Court Judge Eric M. Nakita imposed the term on Jaimi Roberts, who was found guilty on March 22nd of involuntary manslaughter and assault on the toddler causing his death. In a video recorded statement, Roberts said that she “dropped elbows” on the child’s abdomen, this according to the autopsy reports was consistent with his ruptured intestines causing his death.
Although the child was vomiting, having difficulty standing and his legs turned cold, the prosecutor said that Roberts did not obtain medical care for the toddler in the two days following his injury “For you to sit here and tell me this was an accident is outrageous,” Judge Nakata said, citing a video recording in which Roberts re-enacts striking the child’s abdomen with her elbow. Roberts claimed at trial and in the interview that she was “play wrestling” with her son, and on Friday told the court that it was an “accident.”
Quoting a probation report, Judge Nakata said: “The crime involved great bodily harm and/or other acts disclosing a high degree of cruelty, viciousness, and callousness in that the victim suffered for an extended period of time after the defendant struck him, and made a conscious decision to avoid medical attention for him until after he lost consciousness.”
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