A former Bowling Green woman accused of assaulting a developmentally-disabled boy has accepted a plea deal.
Kendall Louise Jackson, 22, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and formerly of Bowling Green, accepted a plea agreement before Judge Molly Mack in Wood County Common Pleas Court on Monday.
With the exception of one felonious assault charge, which will be dismissed at sentencing, Jackson pleaded guilty to eight assault charges, two counts of endangering children and one count of patient abuse.
The plea recommends that her sentence be four years and 11 months in prison for her actions on Feb. 4 involving a 14-year-old boy with developmental disabilities who resides in a group home.
Jackson, at the time, was an employee at the facility and was assigned to the night shift at the home. Her duties involved caring for the teen.
“Over several hours, Jackson hit, punched, slapped and threw him down on the bed causing the him to be seen wincing and crying on the video. She later laid on top of him while punching him,” said Pamela Gross, an assistant Wood County prosecuting attorney.
Gross said other staff members noted his anxiety the following morning which generated the investigation. The abuse was reportedly recorded on surveillance tape. She added that the prosecutor’s office is seeking consecutive sentences due to the nature of the crime.
The victim’s family requested that Mack watch the video of the incident prior to the sentencing which is set for Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.
Despite the plea agreement of four years and 11 months, Mack may sentence Jackson to less or more time. The maximum would be 16 years and six months.