A Papillion woman whose 6-month-old son arrived at the hospital with broken bones and burns was sentenced Thursday in Sarpy County Court to one year in prison.
Starr Manzo, 26, received the maximum sentence allowed for misdemeanor child abuse from Judge Todd Hutton. The boy, now 15 months old, is living in a foster home, according to Sarpy County assistant prosecutor Brandi Lang.
“He’s doing very well and walking,” Lang said. “I saw him Tuesday, and he is adorable.”
Manzo and her boyfriend, David J. Coleman, 29, of Bellevue, both pleaded no contest to negligent child abuse. Coleman is scheduled to be sentenced in December.
Investigators said Coleman told Manzo he put her son on a heating pad while baby-sitting at her Papillion home in February. Manzo later took the baby to the Bellevue Medical Center, where doctors treated him for burns.
Sgt. Brian Richards of the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office said authorities later learned the boy had a broken leg, several broken ribs and bruising on his upper extremities. Doctors also found evidence of past bruising on the baby.
Coleman is a convicted sex offender who is awaiting trial in Washington County on charges of being in possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, illegal possession of prescription drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.
He is being held in the Washington County Jail on $50,000 bail and must pay 10 percent of that amount to be released.
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