A 26-year-old Beckley woman admitted Thursday to injuring her own 11-month-old child and to sexually abusing a friend’s 11-year-old son in 2014.
Christina Elizabeth Dillon entered a guilty plea before Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick on one charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and one charge of first-degree sexual abuse.
“There are two different victims,” Raleigh Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller said.
Keller said that when Dillon needed a place to stay, Dillon’s friend had allowed her, then 24, and her baby, then 11 months old, to move into her home.
In September 2014, the father and the paternal grandmother of Dillon’s baby took the baby to a local emergency room after noticing injuries on the child. Local doctors transferred the child to Ruby Memorial Hospital, Keller said.
“The baby had been completely battered,” Keller reported. “Multiple bruises and a fractured skull.”
Dillon told authorities that her roommate’s 11-year-old son had thrown rocks at the baby but couldn’t explain why she hadn’t stopped it or sought medical help for the child.
When police investigated the apparent child abuse, neighbors told them that Dillon’s relationship with the 11-year-old boy “while his mother was at work” raised red flags.
“She ended up confessing she had beaten the 11-month-old baby because it was crying,” Keller said. “She first claimed the 11-year-old had seduced her. She was 24 at the time.
“She eventually confessed she’d had sex with the 11-year-old because ‘he seemed older.’”
At various times during legal proceedings, Dillon told authorities she was mentally incompetent, a claim Keller said was false.
“She had to have multiple psych evaluations,” said Keller. “The final evaluation said not only that she was competent, but she was feigning incompetence.”
Kirkpatrick sentenced Dillon to serve five to 25 years on the first-degree sexual abuse charge and two to 10 years on the charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.
As part of the plea agreement, Dillon was remanded to prison and agreed that any motion on her part to reduce her sentence will be automatically dismissed.
When she’s released, Dillon will be required to register for life as a sex offender and to simultaneously register on a child abuse registry.
She will be under intensive sex offender parole supervision for 50 years, Keller said.
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