|Woman in child endangerment case slated for evaluation
A Penngrove woman who pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment has been sent to the California Dept. of Corrections for a diagnostic evaluation at the order of Judge Gary Medvigy on Sept. 27.
Lyndsay Patricia Colula, 21, of Penngrove, on Aug. 23 was convicted of willfully and unlawfully permitting a child to suffer and to be inflicted with unjustifiable physical pain that endangered the child’s health. Specifically, the circumstances were likely to cause the child great bodily harm or even death.
Colula also pled to the special enhancement of personally inflicting great bodily injury on a child under the age of 5. Colula faces a maximum term of 12 years in state prison. Deputy District Attorney Rosanne Darling, who is prosecuting the case, argued for the maximum term.
Colula’s 2-month-old child was found to have a head injury, seven broken ribs, a broken tibia and compression injuries to her tiny toes. The child was examined by doctors in Santa Rosa, then transported to Oakland’s Children’s Hospital. Experts at Children’s Hospital resoundingly rejected the notion these injuries were the result of an accident, and found Colula’s story of the baby falling out of the bed wholly inconsistent with the
physical evidence. During the course of the investigation, Colula repeatedly gave implausible and bizarre explanations for the child’s injuries, which would have caused the child to suffer excruciating pain.
The court’s order means that Colula will be temporarily placed in the Department of Corrections for diagnosis and recommendations for a period not to exceed 90 days. A written report will be forwarded to the court for further determination on sentencing upon the defendant’s return to Sonoma County, at which time a hearing date will be set.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Rosanne T. Darling prosecuted the case, and Det. Matt North from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s, Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Unit led the investigation.