EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois woman was sentenced to a decade in prison after pleading guilty to endangering the life of her son who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend.
The (Alton) Telegraph reports that Patricia Cage of South Roxanna entered the plea in Madison County. It was part of a deal with prosecutors who dropped a charge of first-degree murder.
Authorities say Cage’s former boyfriend, Sean Starwalt, hit 4-year-old Jeremiah Bradford in the head, chest and abdomen in South Roxana in September 2010.
Authorities contend Cage failed to protect her son from the abuse. They say she didn’t seek medical attention for his injuries until it was too late.
Starwalt was sentenced in 2011 to 38 years in prison after pleading guilty to a murder count.