Judge orders woman to have no more children

Alexandra Pleffer, ninemsn
3:16pm January 1, 2013
Kimberly Lightsey.
Kimberly Lightsey.

A US woman charged with child neglect has agreed to not have any more children as a condition of her probation and house arrest.

In October 2011, Kimberly Lightsey, 30, was arrested after she allegedly left her four young children - one of whom has epilepsy, cerebral palsy and brain damage - alone at a trashed hotel room while she went partying.

A guest called police after finding one of the Florida woman's children, who were aged from one to 11, strapped into an overturned stroller in a hallway at the hotel.

At the time, Lightsey was already serving four years of probation after not contesting a charge of hitting her six-year-old son in the face with a belt two years earlier.

On Friday, she pleaded no contest to two counts of child neglect and agreed to the judge's demands that she not get pregnant again.

If she does have a child, she could face five years in jail.

"What's the matter?" the judge asked Lightsey after telling her to have no more children.

"You don't agree with that? You looked back at your boyfriend. Is that something you all have planned?"

Lightsey said they had planned to have more children "after we get everything settled, because he doesn't have any children".

"But you've got four of them," the judge said.

Lightsey was sentenced to two years of house arrest, 13 years of probation and community service. She was also ordered not to have unsupervised contact with minors.

The judge agreed that she could have more children in the future if she fulfilled certain conditions.

Lightsey's four children were placed in the custody of relatives in October 2011.

Source: The Ledger, msnNOW

Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving Editor: Nick Pearson

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