TUSCUMBIA — It took 40 minutes for a Colbert County jury to convict a Cherokee woman of torturing her stepson by putting clothespins on his genitals as a form of punishment, officials said.
Courthouse officials said Cinderella Sunshine Clever, 32, 1145 Virginia St., Cherokee, was found guilty of torture and willful abuse of a child.
The jury returned the verdict just before 11:15 a.m., courthouse officials said.
Clever was arrested along with her husband, Dustin Davis Clever, 31, in August 2011 after being accused of torturing the 5-year-old child for what they considered to be inappropriate dancing, authorities said.
“We’re pleased with the verdict,” Colbert County Assistant District Attorney Kyle Brown said following the verdict. “We felt going in that we had a strong case.”
Courthouse officials said Clever gave notice that she would apply for probation following the jury’s decision.
Colbert County Circuit Court Judge Hal Hughston allowed Clever to remain out of jail on bail until a sentencing and probation hearing can be held. Those hearings will be held within the next 30 days.
Torture and willful abuse of a child is a Class C felony and punishable by 1-10 years in prison.
The case against Dustin Clever is pending.