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Abusive mother sent to prison

A Buffalo woman was jailed Thursday for up to the next six months and warned she faces state prison for any further assault on her now estranged young daughter.

State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns had Alfreda M. Wilson, 35, taken from court in handcuffs after barring her from trying to contact her 5-year-old daughter -- who lost a kidney because of physical abuse -- until June 2015.

Burns strongly rebuked Wilson for putting her own interests and the interests of her ex-convict boyfriend over those of her child. He ordered her to continue getting professional counseling, to submit to substance abuse testing and to get a job once she's out of prison.

Wilson, who had a Buffalo bank job for five years until her arrest and jailing for 60 days last summer, is expected to be released from custody in about two months because of her time previously served, court officials said. She has been free on bail since she pleaded guilty March 22 to second-degree assault and child endangerment.

Scott F. Riordan, deputy chief of the Erie County district attorney's Sexual Offense Unit, said Wilson beat her daughter with a belt at about 7 p.m. May 7, 2006, in their Bird Avenue home. The girl -- who now lives with her father -- suffered kidney failure and severe swelling and bruising on her arms, legs and back from the beating, prosecutors said.

Riordan said Wilson's boyfriend, William A. Austin, also had been charged in the case but was not prosecuted. Riordan said that Austin was released from state prison four years ago after serving a term for a 1998 attempted murder conviction.

Burns faulted Wilson for seeming to care more for Austin than for the daughter she admitted beating because the girl refused to stand in a corner as punishment for misbehavior.


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