2012-04-19 / Local & State

Murray Pleads Guilty To Child Endangerment

To be sentenced June 12
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Joscelyn Murray Joscelyn Murray A Fulton County woman arrested after her 2-year-old daughter was hospitalized with serious injuries pleaded guilty to child endangerment last week.

Appearing before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol L. Van Horn on April 10, Joscelyn Amber Murray pleaded guilty to not only endangering the welfare of a child but also simple assault in the case that dates back to the fall of 2011. The remaining count of aggravated assault is slated to be dismissed.

The 26-year-old mother will be sentenced on June 12, while codefendant and then-boyfriend Lance Alan Hixon is slated to be sentenced at the call of Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall on one count of child endangerment. Hixon had entered a plea in late January and at the time offered to testify if necessary against Murray, of 2427 Heavenly Acres Ridge Road, Thompson Township.

Both Murray and Hixon were arrested on November 16 by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Michael Davis after the toddler was taken to the emergency room of Fulton County Medical Center earlier in the month for treatment of injuries.

“The medical staff observed injuries consistent with abuse and neglect,” said Trooper Davis in his report. Upon the trooper’s arrival at the hospital he reported seeing “multiple bruises covering the majority of her head, face and body” as well as swollen eyes, which were closed tightly with large abrasions beneath. The trooper further stated in his report that the girl was also missing a large portion of her hair; had a wound on her right thigh that appeared to be caused by a strap-type object; and also had a dime-size infected wound on her left leg.

All wounds were photographed and documented prior to the girl being transported to Hershey Medical Center for additional treatment and observation. Doctors there told police investigators the girl was to be placed under anesthesia so her eyes could be opened and examined, charging documents state.

Some of the additional bruising found on the girl’s body was previously explained by Murray as being connected to a fall as well as from playing outside. The loss of hair was allegedly linked to hair clippers used by another juvenile. Additional injuries such as blood in the ears and the infected sore were also discussed by police with the couple.

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