Woman sentenced to 24 years for child abuse

CNJ staff

A 21-year-old Clovis woman has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for abusing her 6-month-old son.

Amanda Fain pleaded guilty to four counts of felony child abuse and was sentenced Thursday, court records show.

Fain was arrested in September after police officers were dispatched to her Clovis home for a report of a baby that was not breathing.

Responding officers noted Fain and her five children were living in a residence that was “extremely dirty and with a foul odor,” according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.

The child was unresponsive to medical personnel and was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center where an examination uncovered bone fractures, human bite marks, bruises, sores and cigarette burns on the child’s body, documents have shown.

Doctors also discovered the child was suffering a traumatic brain injury and he was flown to a Lubbock hospital where he was treated and later released.

During questioning with detectives, Fain admitted to slamming and hitting the child as well as biting his toe “out of frustration,” the release said. She also told detectives her other children would jump on the child and hit him.

“There’s no excuse to intentionally hurt a child. Fain will spend the next 24 years in a prison cell and our hope is the child will someday fully recover from this brutal abuse,” said District Attorney Matt Chandler in the release.

Fain will be required to serve five years supervised probation following her release from prison.