Enterprise Child Abuse Sentencing

A fight broke out following the sentencing of a one-time daycare owner.

Circuit Judge Thomas Head sentenced Julie Watkins to 15-years in state prison on a first-degree assault conviction.

Within seconds, several Watkins family members became enraged.

Deputies pinned one person to the floor after they made threats to the judge and others.

The case stems back to August, 2005 when she shook five-month-old Jake Garrett to the point where the child was taken to Children's Hospital in Birmingham for intensive medical treatment.

Jake Garrett is reportedly doing well, however it's not known if he'll suffer any long term effects from the incident.

At this time, it's not known if any charges will be filed following yesterday's melee in the courtroom.


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  • by residents Location: houston county on Jul 27, 2007 at 08:39 AM
    I hate to hear things like this, bless the parents of this child,I really don't think she was trying to hurt this child if so, she need serve some time.
  • by was a friend of julie Location: enterprise on Jul 26, 2007 at 06:21 PM
    I went to church with julie when we was growing up and been friends ever since. She always spoke when she seen me and I just can't believe she did what she did i was devasatied when I heard the news. I just can't believe it happen. She and the baby are in my prayers.
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