A Fayette Circuit Court judge granted shock probation Friday to a former teacher serving a five-year sentence in her 1-month-old son's death.
Courtney Diane Bishop pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in March, just days before her trial was to begin. Defense attorneys were expected to argue Bishop's ex-husband, Daniel Bishop, was responsible for the death. Daniel Bishop was not charged.
In April, Courtney Bishop was sentenced to five years.
According to court records, Caleb Eli, who was born Jan. 21, 2007, and died Feb. 25, 2007, had a fractured skull, a broken leg, retinal hemorrhaging and an injury to his right ear.
Bishop, who was a music teacher at Christ the King School, did not say how her son received the injuries when she pleaded guilty to the charge.
She also declined to speak in Fayette Circuit Court Friday as she stood next to her attorney Jim Lowry. Lowry asked Circuit Judge Thomas Clark to allow Bishop, 28, to "put her life back together."
Prosecutors did not argue against the motion for shock probation.
"The court is certainly mindful of the history of this case," Clark said.
He granted probation for five years. Bishop was ordered not to violate the law and to avoid employment where children are present.
Lowry and several of Bishop's relatives, who made celebratory remarks to each other following the hearing, declined to comment on the case.