Margaret Overstreet Sentenced to ProbationA Centralia Woman whose one month old infant sustained permanent injury after being battered by the child's father was sentenced in Marion County Court on Tuesday to 30 months probation for failing to stop 21 year old Blake Cook from harming the child in July of 2013.
Judge Mark Stedelin said in his sentencing statement that 20 year old Margaret Overstreet had a "moral and legal obligation" to defend the child from harm, and that she had several opportunities to report the abuse before her arrest. However, Stedelin also called Overstreet a victim of Cook in her own right, noting that she was being abused by Cook and feared retribution if she went to law enforcement. Stedelin referenced Overstreet's history of clinical depression and history of being a victim of abuse her entire life in the sentencing, saying that she was a clear victim of "battered woman syndrome".
Calling the sentencing an "opportunity" to "put [her] on the right path", Stedelin also added as a condition of probation that Overstreet must conduct a job search and attempt to get her GED, receive a mental health evaluation and take all prescribed medication, abstain from drugs and alcohol, and attend all reccommended counseling.
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