Rochester woman faces decades in prison after jury find her guilty of strangling son

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Kristi Clement looks on during her trial in Strafford Superior Court (Rochester Voice photo)

DOVER - A jury on Friday found a Rochester woman guilty of brutally beating and strangling her son multiple times over a period of thee years.
Kristi Clement, 33, of Heaton Street, Rochester, faces up to 90 years in jail if convicted on all three second-degree assaults as well as decades more on four separate simple assault counts and one criminal threatening charge in which she allegedly told the boy she would kill him or have him killed if he told on her.
Assistant County Attorney Hannah E. Carlson said the jury found Clement guilty on all but one simple assault charge.
Carlson maintained in closing arguments that the boy, who was around 10 at the time of the abuse, was "tormented" by his mom for years.
The trial ended on Thursday with instructions from Strafford Superior Court Judge Daniel E. Will.
Defense attorney Sarah Rothman, who represented Clement, argued there was absolutely "no evidence" that showed the boy was ever strangled.
Rothman said that a video taken by a family member prompted police to question the boy in December 2020, but when interviewed by police he said he felt safe with his mom and the case was closed.
She said DCYF then began monthly visits to Clement's home to check on her children's welfare.
Rothman said the boy only revealed the alleged abuse to his guidance counselor after months of doing poorly in school, including serving at least one suspension.
Clement will be sentenced in about 60 days.

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