Woman pleads guilty to abuse

A Grand Junction woman faces a maximum possible 14 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a pair of felonies in connection with her son’s severe child abuse case.

Ashleigh Wallace, 28, pleaded to guilty to child abuse causing serious bodily injury, and attempting to influence a public servant. A plea agreement struck with the District Attorney’s Office calls for a maximum 14 years in prison, although a probation sentence is also on the table.

Wallace also agreed to testify truthfully if called in the trial of her former boyfriend, Jessie Martinez, 30, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand.

Wallace and Martinez were charged similarly in connection with injuries suffered by 4-year-old Elijah Wallace, Ashleigh’s son, in early January.

Martinez, between Jan. 11 and Jan. 13, engaged in a pattern of conduct resulting in, among other things, “lack of proper medical care, cruel punishment, mistreatment or an accumulation of injuries” for Elijah, according to charging documents in the case.

Elijah had a broken right arm, severe head trauma and several bruises on his body when his mother brought him to St. Mary’s Hospital on Jan. 13, according to court records.

Martinez and Wallace both acknowledged during interviews that they noticed changes in the boy’s condition two days earlier. The delay in seeking treatment “substantially impacted” Elijah’s condition, the records said.

Ashleigh Wallace will be sentenced June 5.


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