Jacqueline “Jackie” Rodriguez left her 14-month-old son Hunter in the care of licensed day-care provider Shawna Pint in 1998. After spending the day at Pint’s home, Hunter was taken to the hospital with shaken-baby syndrome. Among other injuries, Hunter suffered from permanent brain damage. Jackie and her husband Greg spent the following two years in court trying to put Pint in jail. According to the Denver Post, Pint denied she hurt the child — right up until she agreed to a plea agreement.
Pint told child-abuse experts what had happened in order to avoid a possible 12-year sentence. (She received a 5-year sentence. After two years, she was eligible for parole.) “Pint said she was pulling up the boy’s pants when he kicked her and set off an automatic reaction in which she thrust him from her and he was hurled headlong onto the floor.” Like Jackie Rodriguez, Shawna Pint is a wife and mother of two children. Hunter is now 16 years old. His mother, Jackie, who gained 100 lbs. since Hunter was shaken, will be featured on Extreme Weight Loss on August 25 (8pm, NBC).