Roommates wave preliminary hearing in child abuse cases

Cranessa Young, 22, faces one count of child abuse, a second-degree felony and child endangerment, a third-degree felony.

LOGAN — The preliminary hearings for two women facing child abuse charges were waved on Thursday.

Teresa Hard, 24, and Cranessa Young, 22, appeared in 1st District Court with their attorneys. They each face one count of child abuse, a second-degree felony and child endangerment, a third-degree felony.

State attorney Barbara Lachmar said Hard and Young are accused of abusing Hard’s six-month-old baby, while the two were roommates living in a Logan apartment. The baby was hospitalized with bruises and several fractures.

During Thursday’s court appearance, the girl’s attorneys said both suspects want to be admitted into Mental Health Court, a program designed to assist defendants in addressing co-occurring mental health and criminal justice issues.

Judge Thomas Willmore ordered both girls to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the Bear River Health Department, to determine if they are eligible. They are also not allowed to have any contact with each other and will be supervised by Northern Utah Private Probation.

Both are due in court again on July 28.

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