Tahlequah Daily Press

April 24, 2014

Woman serving time for burning baby seeks judicial review

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Cherokee County mother sentenced to 17 years in prison for burning her 14-month-old baby with an iron is asking for a judicial review.

Court records show Jodi Leann Rock, 21, requested a copy of her judgment and sentence, and this week filed an application for a judicial review. Copies of her request have been submitted to a judge and the District Attorney’s Office.

Rock was 19 when she was arrested in 2012. Investigators alleged Rock admitted she took a flat iron – used to straighten hair – and burned her baby’s legs and genitals.  She reportedly told investigators she was working on her hair when she closed the hot iron on the baby’s privates.

Court documents also alleged Rock left the child in the care of her boyfriend, placing the boy at risk of “willful or malicious injury.” At some point, Rock claimed, the child’s shoulder was broken during “rough” play, when the boy was thrown into the air and onto a bed.

Medical personnel reported the child had suffered multiple fractures and an “obvious deformity” to his shoulders, court documents show.

Rock entered a no-contest plea with prosecutors nearly a year ago and was given a 20-year sentence, with three suspended. She was also given credit for time served.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Rock is serving her sentence at the Mabel Basset Correctional Center in McLoud.