Jasmine Bearden

Jasmine Bearden

LEWISBURG — In a surprise move, a young Mifflinburg mother facing attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges after authorities say she nearly beat her infant son to death pleaded no contest to a lesser charge Monday and dodged further time in the Union County Jail.

Jasmine Bearden, 20, accepted a felony child endangerment charge in Union County Court stemming from the Oct. 9 case.

She was immediately sentenced to six to 13 months in county jail and nearly six years of probation, according to Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson said. But she was given credit for time served in Union County.

Last week she was sentenced to four to 18 months in Montour County Jail after she admitted to possessing and trying to sell drugs at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, on Oct. 11, 2013, where her 6-week-old son was hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit following the Oct. 9 beating.

Union County Judge Mike Sholley on Monday dismissed charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, according to Johnson, who declined to comment further about the case.

Bearden’s attorney, Mark Lemon, of Mifflinburg, also would not comment about the plea deal or sentencing.

Bearden was given credit for 12 days served for the Montour County offenses. Montour County Judge Gary Norton said he would not consider automatic parole for Bearden, and ordered her to pay a $500 fine.

Mahoning Township police charged Bearden with nine offenses related to possessing marijuana at the hospital. A Geisinger security officer found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Bearden’s backpack. The paraphernalia included a grinder, a pipe and a syringe.

Bearden was charged in Union County in January with nearly beating her son to death Oct. 9. At her preliminary hearing in March, a physician testified the infant was lucky to survive such severe injuries, among the worst he had seen in 20 years of practicing medicine.

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