Mother convicted of child abuse, Molly Midyette, approved for Boulder halfway house

Child died in 2006

BOULDER, Colo. - The mother convicted of child abuse resulting in death for not getting help to save her 10-week-old son is expected to transfer from a Colorado prison to a halfway house in Boulder County.

Molly Midyette was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Her ex-husband, Alex Midyette, was also sentenced to 16 years.

Doctors said the child, Jason, suffered a brain injury and 37 broken bones. He died in 2006.

Prosecutors believe Alex inflicted those injuries, but both parents were convicted of child abuse. Both are appealing their convictions. A request by Molly Midyette for a new trial was denied last year.

Molly Midyette, who now uses her maiden name of Bowers, is eligible for parole in May 2014. She has been accepted into a Community Corrections program and is expected to transfer from the La Vista Correctional Facility in Pueblo when a spot becomes available, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

The newspaper reported that while Bowers is in Community Corrections, she will be allowed to look for a job in the community.

In an email to supporters of Bowers, who believe she was unfairly blamed for her ex-husband's actions, University of Colorado Professor Joanne Belknap said Molly's parents, Dan and Jane Bowers, are very relieved that she will be closer and that they will be able to visit her more easily.

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