Mom Accused Of Disabled Son’s Manslaughter Gets Sentenced To Time Served

VICTORVILLE (AP) —  A mother accused of neglecting and starving her disabled son pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter in the boy’s death and will be sentenced to time already served, the Victorville Daily Press reported.

Rosondra Marie Clay, 30, accepted an offer to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 5-year-old Kevin Baldwin and Superior Court Judge Jules Fleuret accepted the plea deal Friday, the newspaper reported.

Clay has already served ten months in jail and will be released April 29 when she is sentenced to eleven months’ time served.

Baldwin had cerebral palsy and weighed just 15 pounds when he died from severe malnutrition at the age of 5 in July 2008.

“It’s one of those cases, there was strong evidence she wasn’t guilty of anything,” Deputy Public Defender David Sanders, Clay’s attorney told the newspaper. “At the same time, it’s one of those cases if you had gone to trial, because it’s an emotional case, a jury could have found her guilty of second-degree murder.”

Clay had been charged with murder and could have faced up to 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.

Sanders said Child Protective Services agents visited their house three days before the child’s death and found nothing wrong with him.

Baldwin had severe spastic cerebral palsy and he had no muscular control, Sanders told the newspaper. It was difficult to feed the child because he had no control over his tongue, Sanders said.

Because of Baldwin’s medical condition, he was receiving assistance from various county agencies.

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  • DZBO

    Let’s get real folks…”difficult to feed the child because he had no control over his tongue….” “Child Protective Services agents visited their house three days before the child’s death and found nothing wrong with him….” And Now he is dead! What year is this? That child could have been helped and be alive to day! Who are they kidding? The Child Protective Services are just covering their butts. This makes me sick.

  • Shannon Chavez

    If this child was seen by so many different agancys where was the medical supervision ? The doctor shoud of put in a gtube or had a dnr order for the poor kid … cant help but wonder what really happened here did some one make a situation where there was none and nature taking its course?

    • DZBO

      Right on! As I stated…what year is this? I feel that some one turned their backs one this poor child.

      • Shannon Chavez

        Not necessarily if this kid was as bad off as I think it was it was probably nature taking its course if it was a dnr (do not resusitate) that means no heroics (life saving procedures) someone may of made a case when there really isnt one. Death isnt always as bad as you think when a kid is so bad off and in pain death is a blessing. I know this sounds harsh and uncaring but think of the child suffering and then think of the mother watching her child suffering day in and day out. She may of had a plan with her childs doctor and someone poked their nose in her business or just anyone trying to make trouble. Like I said before I cant help but wonder what really did happen.

  • angela valles

    This story is so sad on so many levels. I have a cousin who has severe cerebral palsy due to being born prematurely. He is also deaf. in spite of his handicaps, he has learned to make his way, is a loved member of our family and is also of normal intelligence. He graduated high school, learned to drive, works for the Parks Dept. and makes us laugh. I wonder if given the right opportunities, would this boy have fared as well? Did he know he was slowly dying, but couldn’t communicate his discomfort? He had to have suffered…A lot of people let this child down. Where was his Dad? Grandparents? Friends of the family? People our taxes pay to care? My heart hurts for the loss :(

  • Thomas Forcade

    Was 5 years old and wieghed just 15 pounds…wow.And they saw nothing wrong?!…Hard to get happy after reading all this.When people are treated like this,it speaks volumes about humanity.Or should i say lack of.

  • Mary

    Time served? My goodness – she starved her disabled child and she is out because time was served? This crime deserves a life sentence. These kids now-a-days don’t even stand a chance anymore. Sanders said Child Protective Services agents visited their house three days before the child’s death and found nothing wrong with him. We can’t blame Sanders for what the mom did to this child. We can’t even blame the Social Workers. The mom killed this little boy with her own hands. Neither Sanders, nor the CSW, took the mom’s hands and forced her to kill this child. I don’t believe mom’s story – even with Cerebral Palsy, there was no reason for this child to be extremely underweight the way this child was. If I am wrong in my thinking, then I want someone to enlighten me. I don’t know anything about Cerebral Palsy – maybe this is normal. Does anyone have any thoughts on this story?

  • Lightodawn

    I work with adults with developmental disabilities and a few have CP. Some live very full lives and the muscles do not deteriorate until late in life while others are severe and start out without any muscle control. If that was the case with this little boy he may never have had the nourishment to grow, enough to sustain him for a while but not to grow. He most likely has been in and out of the hospital with asperation and pnumonia issues his whole little life. CP affects every muscle in the body and the heart is a muscle. I am no judge or jury for that matter and the article I read does not give enough infomation to even guess. I feel for all concerned in the situation.

  • linda g

    this story just tears my heart out..i cant believe first off child services came just prior and saw the little boy, weighing only 15 pounds and found nothing odd ? they should be accounted for the childs death also…oh, wait, the mom isn’t being held accountable for killing her son..time served ? so what ? it’s ok to starve your child or anyone for that matter who you claim cant keep food down ? who’s protecting our kids ?? Your talking about a human life, what torture that little child went thru…

  • Robert

    My friend got 3 years in prison for a hit and run which nobody got injured. And this lady just gets 11 months for killing her son. Our justice system sucks I think mexicos justice system is getting better.

    • Lorie

      I also have a friend that outran the cops, high speed chase, yes it was wrong, no one got hurt, however, he got 3 years in the prison system, because he had been drinking. But this person and many others get 1-2 years for killing their own child. How sad!!

  • Kee kee

    If he had no control over his tongue he could of gotten a feeding tube I transport disabled kids daily and some are in the worst shape his mom just didnt want the responsibility she could have given him to the state and as far a child services they no they messed up it was pure neglect somebody needs to starve her

  • Wes

    Really sad in today’s society that people get more time for animal neglect…”I’m just sayin’….

    • Mary

      Wes, now you know what your talkng about. We treat animals better than humans.

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