MOM GETS 18 YEARS FOR ABUS­ING SON

Post-Tribune - - Front Page - BY JAMES D. WOLF JR. Spe­cial to the Tri­bune

VAL­PARAISO — The Val­paraiso woman who dis­ci­plined her 4-year-old son with beat­ings, cig­a­rette burns and de­prived him of sleep, food, wa­ter and cloth­ing re­ceived an 18-year sen­tence Tues­day.

Porter Su­pe­rior Judge Mary Harper sentenced El­iz­a­beth Ann Lozano, 25, to the 14 years in prison and four years on pro­ba­tion.

Harper went through pho­tos taken of the boy after so­cial work­ers res­cued him dur­ing a Lake County hear­ing.

Harper listed almost ev­ery part of his body and the in­juries to each.

She said she doubted that in­juries to his ear were caused by fall­ing down­stairs at the home of baby sit­ter An­gela Ter­rell, 44.

Harper had sentenced Ter­rell to six years in prison on June 29 for an April 19 plea to two Class D felonies, ne­glect of a de­pen­dent and bat­tery to a child un­der 14. Ter­rell tes­ti­fied against Lozano.

“There is much in the file. The court has con­sid­ered all of it,” Harper said. “Th­ese pic­tures of the child be­fore me, they speak of such a tragedy for the child.”

When the abuse was fi­nally dis­cov­ered by the Lake County court-ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cate on Oct. 23, 2013, the boy was dy­ing from bleed­ing on the brain and ended up on a ven­ti­la­tor and hav­ing brain surgery.

The abuse took place dur­ing Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber 2013, after Lozano left her hus­band and met Ter­rell.

The vic­tim’s brother, 2 at the time, and sis­ter, who was 5, didn’t ap­pear to be abused.

Lozano ad­mit­ted Tues­day in a state­ment that she was “a hor­ri­ble ex­cuse for a mother and an aw­ful ex­cuse for a per­son” and abused drugs and al­co­hol at the time.

She was scared of get­ting in trou­ble and of Ter­rell.

“Had I not been get­ting high, I would not have been around An­gela Ter­rell,” she said.

The de­fense por­trayed Lozano as ma­nip­u­lated by Ter­rell and de­fense at­tor­ney said not to pun­ish Lozano for what Ter­rell did but for al­low­ing it to hap­pen.

Lozano pleaded to Class B felony ne­glect of a de­pen­dent caus­ing se­ri­ous bod­ily in­jury, and the pros­e­cu­tion dropped a Class B felony bat­tery caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury to a vic­tim less than 14 years old.

Lozano could have served up to 20 years on each charge.

Lozano

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