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Augusta mom gets five years' probation after hitting son with SUV

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A tearful Keisha Henry apologized to a Richmond County Superior Court judge Friday, saying she hadn’t intended to harm her 15-year-old son when she hit him with her Chevrolet Yukon last year at Butler High School, breaking his ankle.

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“I did hit him with a car, but I love my son,” said Henry, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in exchange for the state’s dropping a charge of first-degree cruelty to children.

Judge Sheryl Jolly placed the woman on probation for five years. Henry, 41, had faced a maximum of 20 years in prison.

“I know that sometimes teenagers are pretty good at provoking parents … but this is way beyond what should have happened in this type of incident,” the judge said.

Assistant District Attorney Grant Usry said Henry was called to the school on Jan. 26 after her son walked out of class after an argument with his gym teacher. Henry met her son in the parking lot and told him to apologize to the coach. He refused twice and walked toward a friend’s car.

When his older brother pulled up in his car, the 15-year-old agreed to give him his house and car keys. When he refused to hand over his cellphone, Henry got into her SUV and drove over the curb. The impact fractured his ankle so severely that he required surgery to set the bones, Usry said.

Henry got out and told her son, lying on the pavement, that she was tired of his disrespect. She drove away, but was later arrested after her son was taken to the emergency room by a friend.

The teen said in court Friday that he knew the injury was an accident and that he and his mother had come to terms.

The judge said the family could be reunited with approval from the Department of Family and Children Services, but she left Henry with a warning.

“As a mother, you know he could have gotten hurt very badly,” Jolly said, “and that’s something you have to live with and feel guilty about.”

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/13/12 - 03:32 pm
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How about way "beyond" what

How about way "beyond" what should have happened?

Poor kid, felt guilty about his mom's reaction. The mom lost her cool, struck the kid with her car and drove off and left him. How did she know whether or not he had internal injuries? Why not sentence the mom to some counselling, Judge. She needs the help.

To moms & dads everywhere.... You don't have to take possession of the phone to cut it off or limit their calls to your phone only. Be smarter than they are and stay out of court. It can be accomplished on line, by you and switched back when you are satisfied with the lesson learned.

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David Parker 01/13/12 - 04:18 pm
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exactly

exactly

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/13/12 - 10:57 pm
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My heart goes out...to the

My heart goes out...to the poor, injured SUV.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/15/12 - 07:05 am
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Where's this adolescent's

Where's this adolescent's male procreator?

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seenitB4 01/15/12 - 07:18 am
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Exactly Spinks....where is

Exactly Spinks....where is he???
In never-never land....at least she was trying to raise the punk...in a skinny minute the"FATHER"of this boy would've given him what he needed at home...
Sad that too many mothers go it alone.

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