CROWN POINT — A tragic history was revealed in edits Wednesday to a background report for Jessica S. Pichon.

Pichon, 27, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of resisting law enforcement for her role in a police pursuit in February that ended in a 13-year-old girl's death and her grandmother's injury.

Pichon was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but the hearing was delayed after defense attorney Patrick Young offered several line edits to the defendant's pre-sentence investigation report.

Young said Pichon was sexually abused and beaten by her father and his friend while growing up in Dansville, Illinois. Both men were convicted for the abuse, Young said.

At age 12, Pichon was herself convicted of criminal sexual abuse by force in Vermilion County, Illinois. She was jailed at an Illinois Youth Center, where she remained incarcerated for several years as a teenager.

She was held in three psychiatric hospitals between 2010 and 2017, Young said. The defense attorney said his client had attempted suicide on three occasions, including by attempting to jump off a bridge.

Pichon said she was in the psychiatric ward at Lake County Jail from February to May. Pichon had three daughters, but she terminated her parental rights Nov. 30, according to Young.

Pichon appeared in court in jail garb, her hair braided. She dabbed at her eyes with a tissue during the proceeding.

Judge Diane Boswell said she wanted the jail's medical records included in the pre-sentence investigation report before she ordered a sentence. 

A new sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11.

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Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.