An Afton woman receives a five-year suspended sentence for abusing a 4-year-old child in her custody.
43-year-old Melissa Barton plead guilty late last week in Delaware County District Court to a charge of child neglect.
The child was forced to perform wall squats with her back and head against a screw located in a wall in Barton’s home for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. A search of the home found a long screw in the wall in the master bedroom that had what appeared to be hair on it. The child also had bruises on her face and buttocks area and scabs the size of a nickel along her spine.
Authorities believe the child was burned and punched in the stomach.
The victim’s mother, 27-year-old Nicole Henson, of Fredonia, received a 10-year deferred sentence previously on a felony child neglect charge for leaving the victim with Barton for more than a month.