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Richards sentenced to 20 years
Stems from probation revocation for incident last summer
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An Effingham County teenaged mother accused of abusing her infant son faces 20 years in prison for earlier incidents involving that same child.

Tina Richards, 19, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years plus another 12 months by Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Judge Gates Peed following a probation revocation hearing. Richards had been on five years’ probation for charges stemming from a July 2007 incident. Richards was convicted of one count of cruelty to children and one count of battery against her infant son Aiden Waller, now 11 months old.

Richards was arrested in January for another report of alleged abuse involving Aiden. Judge Peed, upon seeing the photos from the January incident, meted out the maximum punishment.