Monday, May 2, 2005

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D.A. BROWN: QUEENS MOTHER SENTENCED TO SEVEN AND ONE-HALF YEARS IN PRISON FOR THE VIOLENT SHAKING OF HER TWO-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER THAT CAUSED PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today that a Queens mother has been sentenced to seven and one-half years in prison for violently shaking her two-year-old daughter and causing her to sustain serious physical injury and permanent brain damage.

District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant has admitted that she caused irreparable harm to her daughter by violently shaking her infant daughter. Shaken Baby Syndrome is the leading cause of child abuse deaths each year. Its victims are innocent and helpless children, often injured by those charged to protect them. Under the circumstances, the sentence imposed is more than warranted.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Bifen Jiang, 33, of 192-14 Crocheron Avenue in Flushing, Queens. The defendant pled guilty on April 11, 2005 to Assault in the First Degree before Queens Criminal Court Judge Pauline A. Mullings who imposed today’s determinate sentence of seven and one-half years in prison.

District Attorney Brown said that the defendant admitted in court that on December 7, 2004 she violently and repeatedly shook her daughter, Vivian Li, two. As a result, the child sustained the devastating effects of shaken baby syndrome, including brain hemorrhages, retinal hemorrhages and life threatening brain swelling. She will suffer numerous permanent disabilities.

Assistant District Attorney P. Leigh Bishop of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau prosecuted the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Marjory D. Fisher, Bureau Chief, and Kenneth M. Appelbaum and Lucinda C. Suarez, Deputy Bureau Chiefs and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Charles A. Testagrossa and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Daniel A. Saunders.