Attorney: Woman jailed in child abuse case is pregnant
A Clifton woman accused of inflicting multiple injuries on a 4-year-old girl, including burning the child’s abdomen with a heated knife, is pregnant, an attorney said during a court hearing today.
Public Defender Matt Kellond said 39-year-old Dianeth Pittman described her pregnancy as “high-risk,” with undisclosed concerns about the health of the unborn baby.
“The concern we have is she may not be getting the highest quality care in jail,” Kellond told a judge.
The disclosure appeared to surprise District Attorney Pete Hautzinger, who said Pittman may face additional charges beyond her current two felonies.
“I’m not thrilled to hear she’s pregnant, given what she did to this child,” Hautzinger said, referring to the 4-year-old victim in Pittman’s criminal case.
County Court Judge Bruce Raaum ordered Pittman held at the Mesa County Jail on $150,000 bond. Pittman is currently serving probation stemming from a 2010 domestic-violence case. According to court records, she has misdemeanor convictions stemming from a 2008 theft case and possession of drug paraphernalia from 2010.
Pittman was arrested Monday on a Mesa County Sheriff’s warrant for suspicion of two counts of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.
An arrest warrant affidavit said Pittman, who lives at 463 Topaz Drive, Unit B, originally told deputies early in the investigation that injured child had been struck by another child with a Barbie play barbecue pit. On Thursday, Pittman told deputies she caused the injuries, not another child. Pittman said she tripped the girl out of anger after arguing with her husband over the phone. The trip caused the child to fall forward and hit her face and head on the corner of a kitchen counter, Pittman told investigators.
Sheriff’s investigators later learned the child told someone Pittman tripped her and also slammed her to the floor, jerked her up by the arms and slammed her face against a wall several times.
The girl also told the person that Pittman burned the child’s abdomen with a heated knife on two occasions before the May incident.
Mesa County Coroner Dean Havlik signed a separate serious bodily injury form based on photos of the child’s abdominal scar.
Pittman will be formally charged May 17 before District Judge Brian Flynn.