UPDATE: Parkersburg mother sentenced for spraying child in face with cleaning solution

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Update: 11/1/2019 3 P.M.

On July 25, 2018, Sylvia Lynn Eden, 27, of Parkersburg, was arrested and charged with 2 felony counts: Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Child Neglect Creating Serious Bodily Injury.

A Parkersburg mother is sentenced to a minimum of two years and no more than 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to spraying her young son in the face with a cleaning solution containing bleach.

A judge in Wood County Circuit Court sentenced Sylvia Eden, 28, Thursday afternoon.

Eden pleaded guilty back in August to one count of Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury for the July 2018 incident.

She told police she sprayed the bleach containing solution in the one-year-old child's face because he would not calm down while he was in his crib.

Her lawyers argued that Eden suffered from post-partum depression and has a low IQ, saying they were all contributing factors for her inability to care for own children.

Judge Robert Waters countered the statement, saying he has seen no evidence questioning Eden's competency.

Eden will get credit toward her sentencing for the 364 days she has served in North Central Regional Jail. She will also have to pay a $1,000 fine and register on West Virginia’s child abuse and neglect registry. She will also be supervised for 15 years after she is released.

The child has since physically recovered from the incident.

Update: 8/28/2019 4:30 P.M.

A Parkersburg mother faces up to 10 years in prison, after pleading guilty Wednesday to spraying her one-year old child with a cleaning solution containing bleach.

Sylvia Eden pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

The incident happened in July, 2018. Eden told Judge Robert waters she sprayed the cleaning product in the child's face when he was acting up and wouldn't calm down.

"So you say you were under a lot of pressure, and you snapped and picked up the cleaning solution and sprayed it in the child's face?," Judge Waters asked and Eden agreed.

"He was in his crib at the time," she added.

Eden said she suffered from post-partum depression at the time.

She is scheduled to be sentenced October 31.

Her attorneys have asked she be granted alternative sentencing.

UPDATE: 1/2/2019, 4:33 P.M.

A woman accused of spraying bleach in her son's face will go to trial in April.

Slyvia Eden's trial was continued Wednesday in Judge Robert Waters court in Wood County.

The date is set for April 9th, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.

Eden is charged with two counts of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and two counts of child neglect creating the risk of serious bodily injury or death.


A Parkersburg mother is arrested and faces two felony counts, after police say she admitted to spraying bleach in her baby's face, causing him to be hospitalized with chemical burns.

Parkersburg Police say on July 11, they began a child abuse investigation when staff at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus contacted them to report possible abuse of a 16-month-old baby boy.

The baby had chemical burns on its face, back and shoulder, which did not appear to be accidental injuries.

Parkersburg Police Detective Deuley questioned the baby's mother, Sylvia Lynn Eden, 27 of Parkersburg, at her home on 7th Avenue, where she told them her 4-year-old child had sprayed bleach on the baby's face while it was lying in a crib.

When detectives spoke to the 4-year-old and investigated further, they discovered the 4-year-old was not involved.

In another interview on July 25, Eden then admitted to officers she had sprayed the baby with bleach when he wouldn't stop crying and then left him in his crib for 20 minutes before going back to check on him.

Eden told police she initially blamed her 4-year-old child for the incident because she believed the child wouldn't be able to defend herself and say otherwise.

Police then arrested Eden on two felony charges: Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Child Neglect Creating Serious Bodily Injury.

She was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court by Magistrate Judge Waters.

Eden is in the North Central Regional Jail on $200,000 bond.

Both of Eden's children have been placed in safe homes with other family and friends.

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