Grandmother pleads guilty to assault leaving infant granddaughter blind

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GOSHEN – A 45-year-old grandmother pled guilty before Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown on Wednesday to felony assault in connection with an assault on her seven-month-old granddaughter that left the child blind.

Kimberly Bennett was the primary caregiver for the baby.

Middletown Police arrested Bennett.

The assault, which occurred on February 22, 2020, at Bennett’s home on Bedford Avenue in the City of Middletown, resulted in the child suffering serious physical injury including damage to her brain and eyes.

“It is unthinkable that these injuries could have been inflicted by the person who was primarily responsible for this child’s wellbeing,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. ‘There is no excuse for inflicting these types of life altering injuries on an innocent baby. Help is available within Orange County for those who believe they are unable to care for their children.”

Bennett remains in the county jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bail, $500,000 secured bond or $1 million partially secured bond.

She faces up to 12 years in prison when sentenced on January 5, 2022.