A mother who pleaded guilty
to the aggravated child abuse of her 7-year-old son was denied probation and will instead serve the 15-year-prison sentence
she received after pleading guilty to the crime, according to authorities.
June Victoria Henry, 28, was charged in 2007 after her son, Chad, endured burns, broken ribs, open sores and insect bites without medical care for at least a week.
Her then-boyfriend, 25-year-old Eddie Ledbetter, is serving a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty
to the same charge.
Henry alleged Ledbetter caused Chad’s injuries, but she pleaded guilty for a suspended sentence of 15 years in prison. She was in the Dale County Jail pending her probation hearing.
Dale County Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Harvey Mathis testified in a previous hearing that Henry did not cause Chad’s injuries, but also did not do anything to prevent them. She watched Ledbetter force Chad to eat hot sauce on a daily basis and admitted to Ledbetter possibly burning Chad
, Mathis said.
“Love letters” she wrote to Ledbetter were signed “Jennifer Ledbetter,”
which authorities said Ledbetter wanted her to be called.
“There was one person on this earth that could have stopped what Eddie Ledbetter was doing to this child and that was her, but she chose to ignore it, confessing that she would just go outside when she heard him in pain,” Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams said.
“She allowed this abuse to go on. I can’t say enough about the work Investigator Mathis did in this case to go above and beyond to make sure that Chad got his day in court and that both people responsible are in prison.”
Henry will be eligible for parole in five years.