Mikey's mom wants stiffer child abuse laws

Mikey's mom wants stiffer child abuse laws
Michael Reece was sentenced to 18 months in prison. (Source: WOIO)
Michael Reece was sentenced to 18 months in prison. (Source: WOIO)
Mikey Reece suffered severe brain damage. (Source: WOIO)
Mikey Reece suffered severe brain damage. (Source: WOIO)
Crystal Anderson (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office)
Crystal Anderson (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A judge sentenced a Cleveland woman to the maximum 8 years in prison for abusing a 4-year-old boy.

Crystal Anderson was babysitting her boyfriend's son, Mikey Reece on Jan. 23, 2015 when he suffered severe blunt force trauma to his head. He required multiple surgeries after suffering severe brain damage.

Mikey's father was away at work. He allowed Anderson, 29, to babysit despite earlier agreements to not allow her time alone with the child after she was accused of hurting the child before.

Michael Reece, 32, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for attempted child endangering, which he pleaded guilty to earlier this year.

The mother of the five-year-old, Angel Flores, addressed the court before sentencing.

"On January 23rd I walked into a nightmare. I walked into my son dying. His brain was 6 inches out of his head. He had IV's in every part of his body. All they told me he was in intensive care and he probably wasn't going to make it," said Flores.  

Last year Flores made it clear to our Scott Taylor the first time they met she wanted her son's attacker, Crystal Anderson charged with attempted murder.

If convicted Anderson would've faced 11 years in prison. 

Earlier this year Anderson took a plea deal on multiple charges, including domestic violence. 

Cleveland 19 wants to know why wasn't Anderson charged with attempted murder? 

In Ohio proving attempted murder is tough and carries an 11-year sentence. 

Judge Danial Gaul sentenced Anderson to 8 years, the max sentence for the plea deal.  

Before Anderson was taken away in handcuffs she saw the damage she caused when Mikey entered the courtroom.     

Mikey was carried into the court room and Judge Gaul called him "The miracle child."  Mikey looked out from the witness stand and said one single word "Hi."

Angel Flores wants to send a message by changing laws in Ohio. 

She believes child abusers who permanently damage a victim like Mikey should be locked up until that victim reaches the age of 18. 

 "She is a monster. She beat my child so badly," said Flores.

Mikey had his 12th brain surgery at MetroHealth Hospital just before Thanksgiving.

A gofundme account has been setup to help with medical expenses.

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