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No jail time for babysitter who put infant in hospital

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - A Chesterfield babysitter accused of abusing a two-month-old boy will avoid going to jail following a plea deal struck in Chesterfield court Monday.

Ashley Pigg, age 25, pleaded guilty to felony unlawful wounding. The judge sentenced her to five years in prison with all five years suspended. Pigg must stay out of trouble for the next 10 years or risk having to serve the suspended sentence.

Pigg was arrested in January and charged with felony child abuse and malicious wounding after the child's parents took the infant to the hospital due to the seriousness of his injuries.

“Originally she had told the family she fell down with the child in her arms. The injuries were not consistent with that story. After being interviewed by detectives she told us she became frustrated with the child, took him out of his swing and shook the child,” Chesterfield Police Lt. Randy Horowitz said after the arrest.

In addition to the suspended sentence, Pigg was ordered to pay $3,000 to cover the child's medical bills, to attend counseling and to have no unsupervised activities with children under 18 years old.

The infant's parents said they were okay with the outcome in court.

Doctors said the child's health was progressing and were not sure if the infant would suffer any long-term medical issues.