Bellingham woman sent to prison in hammer assault case

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman convicted of hitting a 5-year-old child in the head with a hammer has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison.

The Bellingham Herald reports 27-year-old Hannah Leah Moen of Bellingham was sentenced last week in Whatcom County Superior Court for second-degree assault and ordered to stay away from the child for 10 years.

According to court records, Moen was caring for the boy on Feb. 10 while his father was at work. When the father got home, he found the boy lying in bed with a cold compress and blood on his head. The child was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for a concussion and received five stitches on the back of his head.

The boy told investigators that Moen became upset because “everything was annoying her” and that she hit him with her fists and a hammer.