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Mother Sentenced In Son's Death
Updated September 9, 2015 1:10 PM | Filed under: Crime
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(SALEM) - Judge Larry Medlock accepted the pre-sentencing report and the plea agreement of Casey Crain Thursday morning, sentencing her to 30 years, with five years suspended, and credit for time served following the death of her 8-month-old son, Leelan, in September 2013.

With good behavior and credit for time served, she could feasibly be released in about 15 years for Class A felony of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Also pleading guilty to the crime was Crain's then boyfriend 24-year-old Jamie Lykins, of Salem, he was sentenced in July 2014 by Judge Larry Medlock to serve 50 years for battery and 40 years for neglect in the death saying the crime was a deliberate act of rage against the child.

Salem police say Lykins beat the child to death at the couple's home on Ridgeview Drive in Salem. Friends of the couple talked them into seeking treatment for Leelan after he was found bruised, not breathing well and semi-conscious.

He was taken to St. Vincent Salem Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 8th, 2013. He was then transported by helicopter to Kosiar Children's Hospital where he died. According to an autopsy report, Leelan died from blunt force trauma to the head and had various levels of bruising and other signs of abuse.

Pathologist and Kentucky Medical Examiner Jeffrey Springer testified and showed photos of the baby's injuries.

The photos showed visible bruises on the ears, head and face, along with abrasions and scrapes along the jawline. There were more abrasions and bruising on the throat and chest, along with scratches on his scalp and more scratches on his right shoulder blade - all the result of being struck.

Along with the external injuries, there was also bleeding on the brain. Surgery was performed to try and save Leelan, but he died at the hospital.

Springer testified that Leelan suffered at least 12 impacts to the head area and at least seven to the torso.

Along with injuries to the head and upper torso, Springer showed injuries around Leelan's genitals, some of which he said could possibly be attributed to diaper rash, but some Springer appeared to be deliberate. They was a laceration of the anus from some sort of trauma.

Crain told police that Lykins was angry that Leelan was crying.

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