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Woman gets prison for shaking baby

Alicia Marie Gunn, 29, will serve more than six years in prison after pleading guilty to an assault charge for shaking an infant she was babysitting in 2017. Jackson County Jail booking photo.

A Medford woman will serve more than six years in prison after admitting she shook an infant she was babysitting, causing the child lasting injuries.

Alicia Marie Gunn, 29, was sentenced Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to a felony charge of second-degree assault, admitting that she caused serious injuries to the baby in 2017.

In the afternoon of Aug. 11, 2017, paramedics rushed the then-7-month-old infant under Gunn’s care to Providence Medford Medical Center, where the child was treated for seizures, brain injuries and retinal hemorrhages, according to documents filed by the Jackson County District Attorney’s office in October.

“To this day, [the child] continues to have sustained injuries from this incident,” the document states.

Roughly an hour prior to the 911 call, the child had been captured on video laughing and in good health, according to the DA’s office.

Gunn was sentenced Friday to 80 months — six years, eight months — in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections followed by 10 years of post-prison supervision. The sentence was negotiated as terms of a plea agreement between Senior Deputy District Attorney Terry Smith-Norton and Gunn’s defense lawyer, Jen Zammetti.

Gunn was also ordered to pay $205,807.14 in restitution for the child’s medical expenses.

Gunn also pleaded guilty Friday to unrelated charges of delivering heroin, delivering methamphetamine and supplying contraband surrounding multiple drug arrests between 2019 and 2021, including an arrest in May of this year in which she reportedly “forgot” that she’d hidden a baggie of heroin inside her bra.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.