Crime: Springfield woman found guilty of burning her infant son

May 20, 2011

Online Staff Report

A 25-year-old Springfield woman was found guilty Thursday, May 19, of burning her 16-month-old baby in June 2008.

Cara Geckes (Sangamon County Jail Photo)

Cara M. Geckles was found guilty of aggravated battery to a child causing disfigurement and aggravated battery to a child causing great bodily harm.

Although Geckles told investigators the infant suffered sunburn, medical experts determined the burns to the right side of the boy’s back and forehead were not consistent with prolonged sun exposure.

Experts were unable to determine the exact cause of the second-degree burns.

Geckles was arrested after the baby’s father noticed the burns and called police.

Geckles, who pleaded not guilty, was out on bond during the trial and had been treating the child’s burns with aloe vera, court spokesmen said. Her bond was revoked Wednesday after the conviction.

The charge of aggravated battery to a child causing great bodily harm comes with a possible prison sentence of 6 to 30 years. Geckles also faces 2 to 5 years on the aggravated battery to a child causing disfigurement conviction.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 12. Geckles remains lodged in the Sangamon County Jail.

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