Illinois woman gets probation in disabled son’s 2020 death

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) – A northwestern Illinois woman has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty in connection with the death of her 15-year-old disabled son, who weighed 38 pounds when he died. A Rock Island County judge sentenced 36-year-old Jennifer Keim on Friday to four years of probation. The Quad City Times reports that Keim was initially charged with murder in Joseph “J.J.” Hammond’s November 2020, death. But in September, Keim agreed to plead guilty to an amended felony charge of criminal abuse or neglect of a person with a disability. Prosecutors had sought the maximum sentence of 14 years for Keim, noting that her son weighed just 38 pounds at the time of his death.