A Beaumont woman was sentenced to jail time Monday, March 11 for burning her young child with an iron in order to discipline her.
Theresa Jackson was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to the 2012 offense and received 10 years probation, a $500 fine and 180 days in county jail, the maximum Judge John Stevens' court could impose under the plea agreement.
Assistant District Attorney Pat Knauth said the girl was permanently scarred by the iron after being burned in multiple locations on her body.
"She was burned on her arms and on her face, her left cheek," Knauth said.
Jackson's attorney pleaded with the court to not send Jackson to jail due to a new job and extenuating circumstances regarding her child's criminal and disciplinary behavior, but Stevens said prior convictions of the same magnitude compelled him to not minimize the offense by prescribing no jail time.
Stevens said Jackson's seasoned criminal history regarding child abuse includes offenses in California as far back as 1989 and Texas in 1995, 1997 and 2012, prompting the state to remove her children from her care.
"Each of your six children have been removed from your home over the course of their time with you," Stevens said.
Stevens denied Jackson's request to not serve jail time.
"You can't burn a child with an iron and think you're gonna skip out of here," he said.
"You don't burn a child under any disciplinary situation."
In a sign of remorse, Jackson addressed the court about her latest abuse of a child.
"I take full responsibility for what I did," she said.