EASTON — A Talbot district judge on Wednesday handed down a 1-year suspended jail sentence and 18 months of supervised probation to a 33-year-old Cambridge woman who drunkenly dropped her infant son and left a knot on his head inside an Easton doctor’s office in July.
Prosecutors said during Wednesday’s trial for Misty Gross that Gross did not appear to have intentionally harmed her then-6-month-old child but that she was being reckless because of her intoxication and ongoing alcohol abuse. Gross pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment. Prosecutors dismissed the child neglect charge against her.
The charges stemmed from an incident in July that involved Gross reportedly being drunk, stumbling around with and dropping her child on the floor of the doctor’s office waiting room in Easton.
Employees at the office told responding officers they heard a “loud thud” followed by Gross’s baby screaming and crying, and then they turned the corner and saw the child on the floor with a “large knot” on the back of his head, according to police records.
Gross’s baby was evaluated by Talbot County emergency responders at the time of the incident. The child remains in the custody of social services, according to her attorney, though the Department of Social Services is expected to determine on Oct. 16 whether the child will be returned to Gross.
Gross also has a 15-year-old daughter who is in her care, her attorney said. The 33-year-old mother is undergoing mental health and alcohol abuse treatment and is participating in parenting classes, she told the judge Wednesday.
Before sentencing Gross, the judge said to Gross that if she continued on her current path, “there will come a time when a judge has to lock you up.”
“There’s a lot riding on this: your freedom and your son,” the judge said.
The terms of Gross’s 18-month probation require her to continue mental health treatment and abstain from alcohol and drugs. If Gross violates those terms, she could face one year in jail.