- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A Bloomington woman has pleaded guilty in the middle of her bench trial on charges that she didn’t obtain medical care for her young son who died from physical abuse.

Danielle Fischer, 25, pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges Tuesday on the trial’s second day, The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (https://bit.ly/1IpaceL ) reports.

Fischer was accused of failing to seek medical care for her 3-year-old son Robbie Cramer after he was repeatedly beaten by her former boyfriend Nicholas Compton. She was also accused of putting the boy in danger by leaving him with Compton.

Compton was convicted of murder last year for causing internal injuries that led to the boy’s March 2013 death. Murder charges that Fischer faced were dismissed after Judge Robert Freitag ruled the state had violated her speedy trial rights.

Defense attorney Jane Foster said mounting incriminating evidence in the trial factored into Fischer’s decision to plead guilty Tuesday.

“While it was clear from the trial testimony that my client was a caring mother who loved her son, it also became clear that she knew her son was being injured while in the care of Nicholas Compton,” Foster said.

State’s Attorney Jason Chambers said Fischer’s guilty plea “is the result we originally sought.”

“The person who did the killing will serve the rest of his life in prison,” Chambers said. “The person who allowed it to happen should have a level of accountability as well.”

Fischer is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1. She faces two to 10 years in prison.


Information from: The Pantagraph, https://www.pantagraph.com

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