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Coshocton Mom Accused Of Abusing Infant Pleads Guilty

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The mother accused of biting, burning and breaking the bones of her 3-month-old baby boy pleaded guilty Thursday.

Kelsey Starkey, 20, and Christopher Starkey, 22, are facing felony child endangering charges.

Kelsey pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering children and faces up to 16 years in prison.

According to investigators, the Starkey's 3-month-old son was hospitalized after being bitten, burned, and suffering multiple broken bones at the hands of his parents.

In a jailhouse interview with NBC4's Denise Alex, the parents admitted to the abuse, and agreed that they don't deserve their child back after what they've done.

"I picked him up around the ribcage and hit his head against the swing," Kelsey said. "I went to change his diaper and he was moving his leg a lot, so I picked up his leg and then put it down too hard and his leg got broke."

Kelsey said she got frustrated with her son and took it out on him in the home where she and her husband lived with her mom. She said it was her mom who called children services.

Christopher Starkey said during the interview that he takes responsibility for the bites and burns to the child. He said that he burned the child with a cigarette in the forehead several times when the boy wouldn't stop crying.

"I tried feeding him. He wouldn't stop crying. I changed him. He wouldn't stop crying. I … tried to burp him. He wouldn't do it. He just cried," Christopher said.

Coshocton County authorities said the boy was hospitalized in Akron. The 13-pound baby sustained right femur and fibula fractures, along with 12 fractured ribs.

The judge said he raised Kelsey's bond from $75,000 to $250,000 because she is considered to be a flight risk.

Besides the prosecutor, Kelsey's family said she deserves time behind bars.

"I knew she probably wouldn't change his diaper or something like that because of her problems, but I didn't ever think she'd do this," said Kelsey's father, John Countryman.

Amy Hupp, Kelsey's mom, said she called Coshocton County Children Services when Kelsey told her of the abuse.

"She called me that day at 10 until 3 and said CJ had bruises on his forehead from head-butting them," Hupp said.

Kelsey told the court Thursday that she is bipolar, has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and is schizophrenic.

But, she said none of her illnesses impaired her judgment when the abuse occurred.

Kelsey is expected to be sentenced within the next four to six weeks.

Her mother is still fighting for custody of the baby. He remains in the custody of children services and his condition is improving.

Her husband remains in jail on similar charges.

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