No jail time for woman who threw son on tracks

October 31, 2008 8:46:05 AM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania woman who threw her young son onto railroad tracks and then jumped into a nearby river will not serve her sentence in jail. A Berks County judge on Thursday allowed 27-year-old Christy Petitjean to remain at home while wearing an electronic monitoring device because she has been drug-free since the incident.

Judge Thomas Parisi also sentenced Petitjean to 3 1/2 years of probation.

Petitjean had pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, saying she had "hit rock bottom." She had thrown her 4-year-old son onto the tracks and then jumped into the Schuylkill River in Exeter Township on May 19.

The crew of a freight train spotted the pair. The boy was not struck by the train, and Petitjean was rescued by firefighters using a boat.

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