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ordered to stay away from boyfriend
former Grand Island woman fighting to regain custody of her children was
granted a conditional discharge Thursday on a noncriminal plea in her
child-endangerment case and ordered to permanently "stay away"
from the boyfriend who caused her paralysis.
State Supreme Court Justice John F. O'Donnell ordered Susan Moore, 39, to never again associate with Felix Angel Medina. Child protection officials placed her three children into foster homes more than a year ago.
O'Donnell also ordered Moore to "keep your children away from" Medina, who is awaiting sentencing for assault and drug-trafficking - charges linked to the March 31, 2005, incident that caused Moore's paralysis.
Moore, who expects to be released soon from the Erie County Home in Alden, told the judge she "should have ended" her relationship with Medina "the first time he raised his voice" to her months before the crime.
Moore still contends that she was the victim of an accident, when Medina ran over her with his car near her former home on Alan Court on Grand Island. She also complained that she is allowed only supervised visits with her three children.
O'Donnell will sentence Medina, 27, on June 30. He pleaded guilty to assault and drug-trafficking charges on March 28 and could face up to 61/2 years in prison.