A Brownwood woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday in 35th District Court in a shaken baby case.
    Visiting Judge James Morgan convicted Dedra Crider, 24, of injuring her 4-month-old son in August 2014 and sentenced Crider. Morgan heard testimony during a day-and-a-half bench trial.
    Medical personnel are hopeful the child, who was removed from Crider’s custody, will make a full recovery, according to testimony.
    Prosecutor Elisha Bird asked Morgan to sentence Crider to 45 years in prison, saying there’d been a “moment’s difference” between injury to a child and a grave.
    The baby’s life was saved by a neighbor who performed CPR and by the quick response of paramedics, according to testimony.
    “But for the grace of God, this was almost a capital murder,” Bird told Morgan.
    Crider was accused by indictment of causing serious bodily injury to the child on Aug. 21, 2014 “by shaking the child or throwing the child or causing blunt force trauma to the child.”
    According to court and jail records:
    • Crider was arrested in December 2014 on the indictment and released on $10,000 bond. The state filed a motion to increase her bond on Sept. 1, 2015, alleging Crider had used marijuana while pregnant with another child.
    • District Judge Steve Ellis raised Crider’s bond to $25,000. Crider was rearrested on the increased bond on Oct. 1 and freed on bond a day later, on conditions that included house arrest and an ankle monitor.
    • The state filed a new motion for increased bond on April 1, alleging Crider had violated bond conditions by using marijuana and methamphetamine and by leaving her home for purposes other than visitation with her children or gaining employment.
    • Court-at-Law Judge Sam Moss, sitting as district judge, raised Crider’s bond to $75,000 on April 22 and Crider was re-arrested.

Additional cases
    In other recent court cases, according to information from District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office:
    Derin Fortner pleaded guilty to burglary of a building, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
    Tabatha Hyles pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance — drug free zone and was sentenced to 18 months in state jail.
    Edward Martinez III pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    Stephanie Lopez pleaded guilty to theft — enhanced and was sentenced to five years in prison.
    Carlie Lee Siegeler pleaded guilty to assault against a public servant and was sentenced to four years in prison.
    Noel Espronceda pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail.
    Nicole Lopez pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle and was sentenced to six months in state jail.
    Ricardo Homero Hurtado pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to six months in state jail.