Mother accepts plea agreement in child abuse case

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Infant son was malnourished, had several broken bones

By Gina Clear

The case against an Elizabethtown couple charged with abuse of their malnourished infant son has come to an end with a guilty plea by the mother.


Jessica A. Capponi, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to first-degree criminal abuse of her 3-month-old son. Capponi was indicted on the charge, a Class C felony, in March and was facing up to 10 years in prison.

As part of her plea agreement, her sentence of seven years is probated and she must give up her parental rights to her son, said Teresa Logsdon, assistant commonwealth attorney.

Capponi’s formal sentencing is set for March 25. She was released Tuesday from the Hardin County Detention Center.

Capponi and the infant’s father, Alexander M.L. Irwin, were arrested Feb. 27 after their son was admitted to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville with a fractured skull, several broken ribs and a broken femur, according to Elizabethtown Police Department. Police said hospital officials also reported the child weighed 4 ounces less than he did at birth.

According to an arrest report, Irwin told police he was caring for the child when the baby “fell out of his arms and hit the floor.”

Doctors at Kosair told police the child showed numerous injuries in various stages of healing across his body, according to the citation.

Prior to being taken to Kosair for his injuries, police said the child had not been seen by a doctor since a few days after he was born.

Irwin, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and first-degree criminal abuse in August. He is serving a 15-year sentence.

Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.