A 25-year-old Lawrence woman Thursday morning pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor child endangerment charges.
Amy McGowan, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, said in court that prosecutors agreed to reduce two original felony aggravated child endangerment charges against Natasha A. Short. Prosecutors will ask District Judge Michael Malone to sentence Short to one year on probation as long as she follows recommendations from family services officials and the judge.
Last December, Short’s husband at the time— Bradley Ford, 30 — pleaded guilty to two counts of felony child abuse, and, in February, Malone sentenced him to serve two years and eight months in prison. Prosecutors had accused Ford of throwing the couple’s 6-week-old daughter onto a bed last September as she was crying. The baby bounced onto the floor, suffering broken bones. Ford was also convicted of choking his 6-year-old stepdaughter last September at the family’s residence in the 200 block of Pinecone Drive.
Prosecutors accused Short of placing the girls in danger by leaving them with Ford.
Prosecutors are asking Malone to order Short to serve one year in jail if she violates her probation terms. Malone will sentence Short Oct. 20.