Hearing extended for Logan woman facing child abuse charges

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

LOGAN — A judge has postponed ruling whether a 22-year-old Logan woman will face charges of abusing her roommate’s six-month old baby.

Wednesday’s preliminary hearing for Cranessa Young in 1st District Court was continued until March 30, after two hours of testimony from medical personal and the baby’s mother, 25-year-old Teresa Hard.

Two staff members from Primary Children’s Medical Center said they treated the baby after she was taken from an apartment where Young and Hard were living. They said the baby had bruises on her body, open sores, and signs of bite marks on her hands and feet. X-rays also showed the baby had several fractures to her legs.

Dr. Geoffrey Jackman said the injuries were not something routinely sustained by a six-month-old baby.

Hard has already admitted to biting the child’s hands and feet. In November she pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a charge of child abuse, a third-degree felony, and was sentenced to a year in the Cache County Jail.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Hard told Judge Brandon Maynard the child’s other injuries came while Young was taking care of the baby. She testified to seeing her yank the baby by her legs and would force bottles or pacifiers into her mouth.

Judge Maynard ruled to continue the hearing until March 30 so he can have more time to watch a video of Young being interrogated and hear testimony from the officer who investigated the case. He’ll then rule if there is sufficient evidence to bind her over on charges of child abuse, a second-degree felony and exposing the child to drugs, a third-degree felony.

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