Woman Gets Probation In Battery Of Boy, 8

April 23, 1997

A Sykesville woman who was convicted of twice battering an 8-year-old boy received a suspended two-year prison sentence in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday.

In February, a jury acquitted Sharon L. Drnec,44, on charges of abusing the boy but convicted her on battery charges, which stem from incidents last year.

Prosecutor Jerry Joyce, citing the severity of injuries and psychological damage to the victim, made an impassioned request that Drnec serve some jail time.

Judge Francis M. Arnold said the jury's verdict controlled what sentence he could impose.

Arnold said the boy came from a dysfunctional family and the defendant, who cared for the child from April 1995 to February 1996, could not be blamed for all of his psychological problems.

Arnold placed Drnec on four years of supervised probation and ordered that she not baby-sit children during that term.


Sykesville: Firefighters from Liberty Road in Baltimore County assisted Sykesville at 4: 16 a.m. Saturday, responding to a truck fire on Fetlock Court and Macbeth Way. Units were out one hour.

Sykesville: Firefighters responded at 11: 06 p.m. Friday to burning electrical wires in the 6500 block of Melvin Ave. Units were out 15 minutes.

Gamber: Firefighters from Reese and Westminster assisted Gamber at 1: 39 p.m. Friday, responding to a house fire in the 800 block of Cindy Lane. Units were out 30 minutes.

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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