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Calif. woman given time for scratching babies

A La Jolla woman has been sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to scratching eight babies and toddlers.

January 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A San Diego-area woman has been sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to scratching and pinching eight babies and toddlers.San Diego Superior Court Judge Michael Smyth ordered Lisa Hench to report for custody March 18. Hench, 45, is a prominent real estate agent from La Jolla.

The judge may consider allowing Hench to serve her time in a work furlough program so she can get mental health treatment during the day and be jailed at night.

Prosecutors allege that Hench, a mother of three, pinched and used her nails to scratch the children after befriending their mothers over a four-month period in 2009. The victims ranged from 3 months to 18 months in age.

Her attorney said Hench needs help rather than jail time.

The judge said doctors do not fully understand the reasons behind her attacks.