A Lancaster woman indicted last year on a felony charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor
pleaded guilty today to a lesser misdemeanor charge of falsification
, admitting that she initially lied
about who fathered her child.
, who was 19 when she became pregnant by a 15-year-old boy
shown by a paternity test to be the father, choked up as she addressed Fairfield County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard E. Berens.
"I have learned that for every action there is a positive or negative reaction," she said, adding that she just wants to care for her baby, who also is named Jane Crane.
"I just want to do right by her and give her everything that I can."
Berens convicted her of the first-degree misdemeanor, sentenced her to 180 days in jail and then suspended all of the sentence but 30 days in exchange for two years of probation.
The judge ordered Crane back to court in August and December so he can review how she is doing. If she meets with his approval, she will not have to serve the remaining 30 days.
The baby's paternal grandparents, a Pickerington couple who with their son are seeking custody of the baby, were in court today but declined to comment afterward.
The custody dispute is pending. The baby, who was 1 in April, lives with her mother. The paternal grandparents see the baby regularly on weekends.