TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – A judge has sentenced a mother to three months in jail for hitting a convicted sex offender with an aluminum baseball bat.

Before her sentencing Friday, Tammy Lee Gibson told Pierce County Superior Court Judge Susan Serko that laws were needed to keep convicted sexual predators away from children.

Gibson, 40, who has two daughters, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree assault in January. She initially was charged with second-degree assault and felony harassment, which could have meant an eight-month jail sentence if she’d been convicted.

Court papers said Gibson hit William Allen Baldwin, a 24-year-old sex offender, with the bat after accusing him of molesting her children in June 2008 even though he had not. Baldwin was living in a trailer park near Gibson.

Deputy prosecutor Sunni Ko and Gibson’s lawyer, Karen Campbell, had agreed to the three-month sentence.

“I think it’s a fair resolution,” Campbell told the judge.

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