St. Cloud Woman Gets Prision Time For Child Abuse

Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 10:25 am

A woman from St. Cloud has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to seriously injuring her infant son. Crystal Lee Tjernagel, 27, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child.

Her 6-month-old son was hospitalized in September with seizures. The boy had bleeding around his brain that was consistent with child abuse, according to doctors. Tjernagel told investigators that she was bouncing her son roughly on her knee, and their heads collided. The boy grew quiet, eventually growing limp. Later she admitted to police that she may have shaken the child.

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