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'Not Guilty' of breaking her child's bones, mother freed after nearly a year in jail

Stephanie Bates (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Stephanie Bates (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
MILLVALE, OH (FOX19) -

A 24-year-old mother was found not guilty of injuring her newborn baby.

Stephanie Bates, of Millvale, was released from jail around 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. 

Bates was arrested in December of last year accused of breaking her newborn baby's bones. She had been in jail since December of last year, but will be cleared and free after being found innocent. 

In court, Bates contended that she was not guilty of hurting her child and the jury agreed. In court, Bates contended that she was not guilty of hurting her child and the jury agreed. Iylah, who was 8-months-old at the time, was taken to Children’s hospital with a broken arm. Further x-rays concluded that the child had additional fractures. 

Bates told police she was with her child 24-hours a day, which led investigators to believe she was the only one who could have hurt her. Bates' lawyers argued that she was not with her child and since the baby was born premature, several factors could gave contributed to her injuries. 

Iylah was born one pound seven ounces. Bates is the mother of two and both children have been placed in foster care. She said she plans to get her children back.

A man who said he was the father of her children defended her in court, calling her a "wonderful person" and expressing hope the incident is a misunderstanding.

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