EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 14, 2012

Methuen woman jailed for child endangerment

By Brian Messenger

---- — METHUEN — A 21-year-old Tenney Street woman sentenced to prison for child endangerment is appealing the decision, her lawyer said yesterday.

Bianca Santana of 146 Tenney St. was sentenced Dec. 7 to three to nine years in state prison. A jury in Salem Superior Court found Santana guilty of misleading an investigation, assault and battery, and reckless endangerment of a child.

Her lawyer, James Frederick, said an appeal of the guilty verdict was filed Thursday. Frederick said Santana is also considering an appeal of her prison sentence.

“We respect the jury’s decision but we disagree with the verdict and certain rulings made by the trial court,” Frederick said yesterday. “And therefore we are pursuing an appeal of the case.”

Local and state police began investigating Santana June 11, 2011, after receiving a report from the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families.

Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said Santana misled police about who had access to her then-13-month-old daughter.

Kimball-Monahan said prosecutors believe Ivan Rosario of Haverhill swung Santana’s daughter against a wall, causing 14 fractures down the left side of her body. The incident occurred June 10, 2011. Santana did not bring her daughter to the hospital until four days later, Kimball-Monahan said.

At the time of the incident, Rosario was wanted by police for shaking and severely injuring his infant daughter in 2009. Rosario is now serving a prison sentence related to that case, Kimball-Monahan said.

Kimball-Monahan said Santana’s daughter is now in state custody.

“She’s doing fine now,” said Kimball-Monahan.

Santana was also sentenced to five years probation. During that time she must have no unsupervised contact with children under 12. She must also complete a parenting class and substance abuse treatment and undergo a mental health evaluation.

Santana’s three-day jury trial began Dec. 3 before Judge David Lowy. The prosecutor for the case was Kate MacDougall.