Andrea Catrina Gehring, 36, of the 1000 block of Olds Lane in the city's Birdneck area, was sentenced today for charges of malicious wounding and child abuse and neglect.
Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw sentenced Gehring to 30 years in prison, with 22 years suspended leaving eight years to serve. The sentencing announcement was made today by Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney Colin D. Stolle.
The sentence exceeded the high-end of the recommendation of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which called for a maximum sentence of five years and nine months.
Gehring pled guilty on July 12, 2017.
Had this matter gone to trial, the commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on the evening of November 25, 2016, Gehring left her daughter, a minor, home alone and stated that she would be back the following afternoon.
Shortly thereafter, Gehring's boyfriend came to the house looking for her. The juvenile told him where Gehring was. Around 1 a.m., Gehring returned home in a fit of rage. She beat her daughter repeatedly with an aluminum baseball bat. She hit the child in the face, shoulders, thighs and feet. When the child tried to block her face from the strikes, Gehring hit her in the hands with the bat. The child then asked another adult to take her to the hospital, but the adult refused to take her.
The next day, Gehring told a friend about the incident and claimed the child could not go to school because the injuries were so severe. Gehring asked that friend to go check on the child a day later because she feared the child may have a broken hand. The friend contacted a family member of the child, and the child was ultimately taken to the hospital. The child's injuries included bruising and swelling to the eyes, lips, arms, shoulders and legs. The child also had a fractured hand.
Police responded to Gehring's home and recovered an aluminum baseball bat, which the child identified as being the same bat used in the assault.