Clovis Woman Sentenced to
Sixteen Years for Child Abuse
Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that Kayla Bass, age 25, of Clovis, NM, was sentenced today for the abuse of her 17 month old son. Bass pleaded guilty pursuant to Alford, in July of this year to Attempted Child Abuse Resulting in Great Bodily Harm, a second degree felony; and three counts of Child Abuse, third degree felonies.
In April of 2013, police were called to a Clovis residence to assist CYFD. They found Kayla Bass’s 18 month old child with bruising to his head, chest, back, feet, arms, hands, face, and genitals. It was later determined that the child had a broken clavicle, cigarette burns, and bite marks on his body. The child was flown to Lubbock for treatment due to the severity of his injuries and remained hospitalized for many days.
The Honorable Drew Tatum presided over the sentencing hearing today. The Court heard emotional statements from family members, as well as viewed photos of the injuries inflicted on the child. Judge Tatum stated, “I think it goes without saying that the pictures are absolutely horrific. I can’t imagine the torture this child went through. However, I can ensure that the defendant does not inflict harm to any other child by my sentence today.” Judge Tatum ordered that Bass be sentenced to the Department of Corrections for 16 and one-half years. He also ordered that she undergo treatment while incarcerated.
District Attorney Andrea Reeb stated, "In my 19 years of being a prosecutor, this is one of the saddest and worst child abuse case I have seen in my career. A small child does not have the verbal ability tell anyone that the abuse is occurring. However, due to a combination of a great investigation by the Clovis Police Department, the Arise Sexaul Assault Unit, the Children, Youth and Families Department, and excellent medical personnel, this child is now out of harm’s way."
The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Criminal defense attorney, Jonathan Miller, represented the defendant.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.