Grandmother sentenced to prison for serious assault on her infant granddaughter

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GOSHEN – Middletown resident Kimberly Bennett was sentenced in Orange County Court on Tuesday to 12 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision in connection with an assault on her seven-month-old granddaughter for whom she was the primary caregiver.

As a result of the February 22, 2020 assault, the child suffered serious physical injury including damage to her brain and eyes and rendered the child blind.

“There is no excuse for inflicting these types of injuries on a helpless infant,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “It is even more unthinkable that these injuries could have been inflicted by the person who was primarily responsible for this child’s wellbeing.”

He said help is available in Orange County for anyone who believes they are unable to care for their children.