Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich

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State v. Jodie Burch

Hospital staff at Tucson Medical Center Tucson contacted Tucson Police Department to report an incident of suspected child abuse. The child was admitted in an altered state resembling a coma and was unresponsive. Medical staff suspected that the child’s mother had forced the child to ingest a dangerous drug which would account for her presented symptoms. After lengthy proceedings to evaluating the defendant’s mental status, she entered two guilty pleas to child abuse. She was sentenced to 7 years in prison followed by a consecutive term of supervised probation.