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Mother, boyfriend found guilty of aggravated child abuse with homemade weapons

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Jennifer Banks and her boyfriend, Kenon Pack, went to trial this week, accused of abusing Banks' daughter for several months in 2010. Jennifer Banks and her boyfriend, Kenon Pack, went to trial this week, accused of abusing Banks' daughter for several months in 2010.
Prosecutors say the couple made the girl lean over a bench, while they repeatedly smacked her backside with two homemade weapons. Prosecutors say the couple made the girl lean over a bench, while they repeatedly smacked her backside with two homemade weapons.
The victim, who is now 8 years old, bravely took the stand Wednesday to testify against her own mother. The victim, who is now 8 years old, bravely took the stand Wednesday to testify against her own mother.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A mother and her boyfriend were found guilty of aggravated child abuse Friday morning.

Jennifer Banks and her boyfriend, Kenon Pack, went to trial this week, accused of abusing Banks' daughter for several months in 2010.

The victim, who is now 8 years old, bravely took the stand Wednesday to testify against her own mother.

Prosecutors say the pair used homemade weapons to repeatedly "whoop" Banks' five-year-old from early fall 2010 until December 2010, when the girl's teacher, nurse, and principal at Alcy Elementary School noticed the injuries on the girl's backside.

"It is our opinion and the doctor's opinion at Le Bonheur that had it not been for the teachers and the principal at Alcy Elementary that she would have died that night," said Prosecutor Eric Christensen.

Paramedics and doctors testified the girl lost nearly two-thirds of her blood and was downgraded to critical condition for nearly a day before ultimately recovering at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. She required skin grafts to repair her injuries and has permanent scarring as a result of the abuse.

The girl currently lives with other family members in a different state.

Both Jennifer Banks and Kenon Pack face 15 to 25 years in prison. Defense attorneys plan to argue for the lower end of the sentence.

"Kenon has medical conditions that we've addressed with the court in the past and those medical conditions would cause a lengthy incarceration to be especially hard on him," said defense attorney Claiborne Ferguson.

Prosecutors say whatever the ultimate sentence may be, at least the little girl is now safe.

"She's going to school like she should be. She's not in harm's way," said Christensen. "And these people can't harm her anymore. So for us that's the real victory."

The little girl is now living with family members in another state.

The sentence hearing is scheduled for January 24, 2014.

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