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Judge sends serial baby scratcher to timeout

The Southern California real estate agent who admitted to pinching and scratching babies to the point of bleeding in 2009 is sentenced to up to two years in prison.
Image: Lisa Hench at sentencing
Lisa Hench at her sentencing hearing Tuesday in San Diego.KNSD-TV
/ Source: NBCSanDiego.com

The Del Mar real estate agent who admitted to pinching and scratching babies to the point of bleeding in 2009 was sentenced to up to two years in prison on Tuesday.

Lisa Hench, 45, cried in the courtroom as the sentence was announced. She pleaded guilty in December to eight misdemeanor counts of corporal injury to a child. All eight incidents were committed in 2009 on babies whose ages ranged from 3 to 19 months.

Hench, a mother of two boys and a girl, is expected to spend one year of the sentence in prison. She will also face four years of probation once released.

The judge repeatedly called her acts "predatory" in nature. All eight attacks took place over a span of multiple months at different locations, among them a jogathon and grocery store.

Lainie Carswell and Gene Carswell both spoke at the sentencing. The husband and wife said Hench has shown no remorse for injuring their daughter, who was 7 months old at the time. They claimed Hench violated a restraining order three times and once threateningly mouthed to Lainie she would "take her down."

Kelly Frederick also spoke. She said that less than hour before the Carswell incident, Hench victimized her son Charlie, who was 17 months old at the time.

Frederick said Hench massaged Charlie's ears at a jogathon in front of her. Her attention was briefly diverted before she heard her son scream. Frederick saw his ears were red, and it took about 10 minutes to calm him down.

When putting Charlie in his car seat, Frederick saw Charlie had three bloodied scratches behind one ear and two behind another, including a gouge with a piece of skin missing.

Parents said afterward they were happy about the sentence and hoped Hench received the help she needs. One mother said she has become more apprehensive about allowing people to come close to her child.