A Clark Street woman described by a judge as a prime example of the problems caused by "children bearing children" today was spared a jail term for beating her 3-year-old goddaughter with a belt. Instead she was ordered to continue taking anti-psychotic medication and to complete parenting counseling.
Pauline Harriston, 31, also was warned by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang to stay away from her goddaughter under court order and told that any further such misconduct will land her in jail.
Daniel F. Novak, Ms. Harriston's attorney , told the judge that her problems with anger and depression -- for which she is now getting treatment -- began when she dropped out of school and had the first of her two children while in her midteens.
The judge told her "you're a living example of why society has these problems caused by children bearing children."
Court officials said she said accepted a preindictment deal and pleaded guilty June 29 to misdemeanor assault and child endangerment for injuring her goddaughter in late May.
Prosecutors Nancy Gilligan and Douglas Stiller said Harriston was arrested May 24 after Devonia Jackson, the girl's mother, told police that when the child returned home after spending the night at Harriston's home, she had cuts and bruises on her legs from being beaten with a belt.