PHOENIX -- A Phoenix woman has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term after previously pleading no contest to child abuse and sexual misconduct with a minor.
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman says Judge Sherry Stephens on Wednesday sentenced Rickesha Jovani Burns to 18 years in prison plus lifetime probation.
Phoenix police were called to a home on March 24, 2013 and found Burns holding her 2-year-old son.
They say the child was crying and bleeding.
Burns told police her son had been playing with a 12-year-old boy at a park and he had done something to the child.
Doctors said the child had injuries around his rectal area and he needed surgery to remove a foreign object.
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