Judge to mother: "You are a serial child abuser"

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Price Hill mother charged with abusing her 7-year-old daughter heard scathing words from a Hamilton County judge.

Christina Sturgill, 31, who has a previous history of child abuse, pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangering on Friday morning.

Court documents indicate the child was covered in bruises, she pulled the 7-year-old's hair out, and the child suffered from weight loss as a result of poor nourishment.

When asked to make a statement in court, Sturgill had nothing to say. However, Judge Melba Marsh certainly did.

"Ms Sturgil, you are a serial child abuser. I'll say it again, you are a serial child abuser. You inflicted injuries on this little girl who could not protect herself and from which injuries she may never recover from, all at the ordeal of the hands of the person who should be the most loving to her in this entire world – her mother," Judge Marsh told the mother in court. "There's no group in our society more vulnerable than little kids. And there's no people more expected to do the right thing for these little children then the parents who should care for them. That was your job. And you didn't do your job."

The judge went on to say, "In fact, you did brutally inflicted injuries upon this child, and there's no excuse for it. There's absolutely none. I truly believe as you stand here you're going to continue to be a serial child abuser. Any child that finds themselves in your care is going to catch hell. And for this abuse, it demands punishment. It demands removal of yourself from this society."

She was sentenced to 30 months behind bars.

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