Tabithalyn Claro, 27, pleaded no contest to two counts of neglect with great bodily harm. Aggravated child abuse charges were dismissed.

An Ocala woman pleaded no contest Wednesday to two counts of child neglect with great bodily harm and was sentenced to five years in prison, plus three years of probation.

Tabithalyn Claro, 27, entered the pleas as part of an agreement. Prosecutors dropped two counts of aggravated child abuse.

Circuit Judge Lisa Herndon ordered Claro not to have any contact with the children, a boy, now 5, and his sister, 3. She also must complete a parenting course, a substance abuse evaluation and pay fines and court cost.

Claro has 972 days of credit for time served. It is not clear when Claro, who has been at the Marion County Jail since late 2016, will be transferred to a Department of Corrections facility.

At the hearing, Assistant State Attorney Debra Munchel represented the state, and M. Everett George, an attorney from Tampa, was Claro's lawyer. 

Claro was arrested by an Ocala Police Department officer in December 2016 after she took her baby, who was 4 month old at the time, to a hospital for treatment of a stomach problem. While examining the child, medical officials found the infant girl had 11 broken ribs as well as bruising and scarring.

The baby's 2-year-old brother had a broken arm and also showed signs of being beaten, authorities said. A 3-year-old child had no outward signs of abuse.

The children remain in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.