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No parole for pair guilty in boy's '89 death
Teresa Patterson, who was convicted of abusing a South Modesto toddler to the point of death in 1989, has been denied parole. Ivy Martin, the boy's mother, whose allowing of Patterson to abuse the boy resulted in a conviction as well, was also denied parole.

Patterson, a 39-year-old inmate of the Central California Institute for Women in Chowchilla was denied parole on March 11. Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney Doug Maner told the state Board of Prison Hearings that Patterson is not ready to be released due to her lack of rehabilitation. Maner said that Patterson had poor parole plans and significant disciplinary history while in prison.

The board decided that Patterson cannot be considered for parole until 2019 when she is 49.

Patterson was convicted of first-degree murder by torture and child abuse causing great bodily injury of 3-year-old Jerome Allen Martin, the son of her live-in girlfriend, Ivy Martin. Patterson was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. This was her first parole hearing in the 19 years she has served in prison.

Martin, who was convicted of being an accomplice and doing nothing as Patterson abused the boy at their Olivero Road mobilehome, also will not be paroled.

Now 45 and incarcerated at the California Institute for Women in Corona, on March 18 Martin waived her right to her sixth parole hearing in front of the State Board of Prison Hearings for a stipulated one-year denial.

Maner appeared at Martin's hearing as well to say that she is not rehabilitated and should not be released. But before the hearing could commence, Martin's attorney objected to the composition of the Parole Board, claiming that the panel was prejudiced against him and his client since the deputy commissioner was a former law partner and animosity from the breakup of their partnership still existed. The Board of Prison Hearings accepted her waiver and rescheduled her next hearing for 2010.

Both women were convicted of murder and child abuse at separate trials and sentenced to life terms. Maner said neither has admitted full responsibility for Jerome's abuse prior to his death, and they have claimed the death was accidental, despite significant evidence to the contrary. The two buried the child under a mattress in a shallow grave in a nearby vineyard and claimed he was kidnapped. On TV, Mrs. Martin shed tears as she plead for "kidnappers" to return her son. When their stories didn't match up under questioning from authorities, the pair confessed to a cover-up and led them to the makeshift grave.

Authorities showed in court that Patterson cared for the boy when Martin was at work and abused him six months prior to his death. The injuries she inflicted on the boy included fracturing his arm, separating his shoulder, burning his chest by cigarettes, scarring his face and neck from fingernail scratches, and bladder damage caused by refusing to let him urinate.

The child died Jan. 7, 1989 from a blow to the head. Instead of seeking medical care for his head injury, Patterson and Martin bought and used drugs while Jerome was dying in the next room, said Maner.

Both women said they planned to put Jerome up for adoption, but were unable to since his bruises and injuries would expose the abuse they inflicted on him.