San Diego child-scratcher sentenced to two years in prison
Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2011

A 45-year-old San Diego woman Tuesday was sentenced to two years in prison after admitting that she scratched eight babies ranging in age from 3 months to 19 months.

Lisa Hench, a former real estate agent, pleaded guilty in San Diego County Superior Court to eight misdemeanor counts of inflicting corporal punishment on children in 2009. Her attorney told Judge Michael Smyth that Hench, a mother of three, was suffering from psychological problems and is receiving therapy and taking medication. Smyth agreed to seal Hench's psychiatric records. Several of the victims were children of Hench's neighbors, others were children encountered at Chuck E. Cheese, the YMCA and other places, records indicate. In some cases, the scratches drew blood and the babies screamed in pain.

Smyth called Hench's actions "predatory." Along with two years in prison, Hench was also sentenced to four years' probation.

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