Reno woman found guilty in child abuse case

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Reno woman is set to be sentenced April 20, 2018 after being found guilty of felony child abuse.

30-year-old Lashae Gallon faces up to 20 years in prison.

According to the Washoe County District Attorney's Office, the case stems from an incident that took place in December 2015; a 23-month-old boy sustained a major head injury, resulting in permanent brain damage.

On the date of the abuse, Gallon was taking care of her significant other's children when there was an incident in which Gallon claimed two of the children fell out of a crib onto a carpeted floor. Gallon claimed the children sustained only minor injuries and were cared for without incident, though the 23-month-old was described as behaving differently than usual. The next day, the child appeared to suffer a seizure, at which point Gallon called 911 and took him to a hospital.

Medical tests revealed a serious brain bleed, which was described by doctors as being consistent with injuries sustained in a serious car crash, not a fall from a crib. The child required emergency surgery in an effort to save his life and has suffered permanent brain damage as a result of the abuse.

During trial, the brain surgeon who treated the boy testified the head injury occurred within a few hours of the emergency surgery. According to the DA's office, this was inconsistent with what Gallon told detectives. A board-certified child abuse pediatrician also testified that the victim’s head injury was consistent with inflicted abusive head trauma.