Chandler woman sentenced in child abuse case

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Nicci Rounsaville By Jennifer Thomas Nicci Rounsaville By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Chandler woman has been sentenced to 10 years' probation in a child abuse case.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 23-year-old Nicci Paige Rounsaville also was ordered by a judge Thursday to pay almost $2,400 restitution.

Rounsaville was arrested May 7 after trying to steal items from a Chandler store and fleeing with her young son.

Employees say the child bumped his head on a doorway as Rounsaville ran out of the store.

Authorities say video surveillance showed Rounsaville running to a car parked in the handicapped section, putting the toddler in the front passenger seat without restraint and backing into another vehicle.

Police searched her vehicle and found a stash of marijuana.

Rounsaville pleaded guilty in August to child abuse and a misdemeanor charge of possession or use of marijuana.