LAS VEGAS — There are some women who will do anything to keep a man and Monique Bork is one of them.
Bork, 28,wanted to be with her boyfriend-turned-husband Edward Thompson Jr at all costs.
She knew what her boyfriend did to her child and she covered it up.
Now she will spend time behind bars for it.
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In 2006 Bork took her then two-month-old son Brayden to the Sunrise Trauma Center in Las Vegas.
He was severely injured and doctor’s ultimately determined that Brayden suffered from shaken baby syndrome.
He was not expected to survive but, against all odds, he did. For awhile.
He was blind and suffered from a host of medical problems, including cerebral palsy, resulting from the attack.
Brayden lived with his maternal grandmother for a time and spent time in foster care.
His mother married Thompson shortly after the attack and was heard bragging that the two could not be forced to testify against each other because they were now married.
Eventually, Brayden was adopted by Tish Buckmaster and Gayle Grusman who lovingly cared for him until his death in July, 2011.
Grusman told 8 News Now that Brayden’s injuries were extensive. She said,
He had no brain left from the injury.
At the time of the attack, police did not have enough evidence to make an arrest.
After Brayden died, the person who was with Bork when Brayden was taken to the hospital stepped forward and provided police with information.
Not surprisingly, it was not the first time the infant had been abused.
A little over a year after Brayden’s death, Bork and Thomson were arrested.
Since the relationship between the two had soured, police seized the opportunity to cut a deal with Bork in order to secure a conviction against Thompson.
They agreed to drop the murder charge against her.
Monique Bork pleaded guilty to child abuse and neglect with substantial bodily harm and was sentenced to the maximum term of 8-to-20 years.
Thompson was convicted of first degree murder and faces a 20 year to life prison term.
He is scheduled for sentencing April 9.