FLORENCE — A Maricopa mother charged with multiple counts of child abuse has accepted a plea deal and will avoid trial.
Erin Darr, 36, accused of forcing a child to eat vomit, was initially charged with 10 counts of child abuse and was arrested last December. Her trial was scheduled to begin Nov. 5.
Court records show Darr pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse Sept. 18. She was free on bond awaiting trial prior to changing her plea, but she was taken into custody at the Pinal County jail on Monday.
Darr will face supervised probation, which could last the rest of her life, for one child abuse charge, a Class 4 felony. If she rejects probation, she will serve 3.75 years in prison. For the second charge, a Class 3 felony, Darr faces between 3.5 and 7.5 years in prison, to run consecutive to the first charge.
The victim, who was 11 years old, accused Darr of repeatedly hitting and scratching her.
Darr allegedly pulled the girl by her hair, hit her over the head with a phone and forced her to eat rotten food. When the girl would regurgitate the food, she said Darr forced her to eat her own vomit. An older sibling corroborated the victim’s account to the Maricopa Police Department.
The victim’s classmates initially noticed bruises on her body in December. She was then taken to a hospital, where staff noted she was underweight, had dark circles under her eyes and scars on her scalp.
Darr will be sentenced in Pinal County Superior Court on Nov. 4.