A Rhinelander man will be spending 12 years in jail following a child abuse charge.
Sentencing was passed down earlier this month, as the 23 year-old man pleaded guilty to the two felonies raised against him. He was given a concurrent 12 and 5 year jail sentence for child abuse recklessly causing great harm and neglecting a child causing death. In addition, he will be required to be under the supervision of the District Attorney's Office for 5 years following the jail sentence.
The child's 22 year-old mother was found not guilty of all charges. An Oneida County jury found her not guilty of felony child neglect in January.
The incident occurred May 2009. The child, 10 months of age, was dead with morphine in her system. The father was found responsible for leaving a morphine tablet within reach of the child. In the trial proceedings, it came to light that he noticed when she ingested the pill, but did not find it necessary to take her to the hospital. According to the prosecution, the father was high at the time of the incident.
The man's attorney stated that he intends on setting up an appeal to the decision.
The Wausau wrongful death attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® would like to express our condolences to those affected by this tragic event.