Orono Woman Convicted of Assaulting Infant Son To Serve Nine Months Behind Bars 

An Orono woman convicted of assaulting her infant son will spend nine months in prison.24-year-old Lynn Crossman was sentenced Wednesday in Bangor.Last month, a jury found Crossman guilty of hitting her then nine-month old son in November of 2010. The boy suffered a broken leg.The state recommended nine to 12 months, citing a 2005 incident where Crossman was charged with two counts of assault on her mother and grandmother, charges that were later dismissed.Because she has no criminal record and has performed well during probation, the defense argued for less time.The judge handed down the 9-month sentence, saying all factors presented by both sides should not diminish the significance of the child’s age.”I think it also reflects that here, the level of trust that was violated between a parent and a child is one of the most essential relationships you have in life and you’re supposed to be totally protected when you’re with a parent,” said Assistant District Attorney Alice Clifford.”Lynn is….disappointed obviously. She really wanted the jury to find the verdict of not guilty, we are appealing that sentence,” said Defense Attorney Stephen Smith.Crossman will also be on probation for two years.She’ll undergo psychiatric treatment, counseling, and cannot have unsupervised contact with minors.