Saturday, December 4, 2010

Baby Scratcher Pleads Guilty to 8 Counts

SAN DIEGO - The bizarre case of a prominent La Jolla real estate agent 45-year-old Lisa Hench was back in court today.

Hench pleaded guilty to 8 misdemeanor counts of corporal injury on a child.

Hench scratched the children in the fall of 2009.  The children's ages at the time of the incidents ranged from 3 to 19 months.   
"Yes your honor," today in court with her attorney Steven Feldman present, Hench pleaded guilty to 8 misdemeanor counts.
She could be in prison for 8 years, but it's likely she'll get probation and not significant jail time.
Lainie Carswell is the mother of Jori Carswell.  Jori was one of the babies scratched by Hench.  Carswell told San Diego 6, "I believe that she's still doing it and I think it's probably just a matter of time before she gets caught doing it again."
Carswell says since the incident, Hench has violated her restraining order three times, moved to Del Mar and treated the incident's as a misunderstanding.  She says, "we expected to see a little more remorse today when we saw her and we did not see any."
Kelly Frederick is the mother of Charlie Frederick.  Charlie was also scratched by Hench.  She says, "As a parent I felt violated on behalf of my child."
The parents say Hench would make friends with the mother's of the children at a La Jolla school.  They say she then would ask to hold them or play with them.  When she got them in her arms, the parents say, she would shake them and scratch them, in front of the parents. 
Frederick says it wasn't just the feet of the children Hench targeted.  She says her son's ears were scratched as well by the 45-year-old mother of three.
We contacted Hench's attorney Steven Feldman who didn't return our call.
Hench is scheduled to be sentenced January 25th.   Frederick hopes Hench gets help.  "I don't know her heart and I don't pretend to I can only say that my family hopes that she will seek the help that she needs."

*Well thats a new one on me. Scratching babies? Very sick and being a mother too makes it morbid!

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