posted on February 05, 2010 07:21
Our report begins today with three local stories, all involving children and horrific crimes committed against them by persons responsible for their care.
We start with 29-year-old Marcia Mitchell. The Batavia woman has now pleaded guilty to trying to suffocate her seven-month old daughter in a hospital bed.
Mitchell told a judge yesterday she tried to smother her daughter with a pillow while the child was hospitalized two years ago.
Mitchell’s plea deal calls for a sentence of 3 and half years although she could get more when sentenced next month.
The child is now 3 and has suffered no ill effects.
That is not at all the case for a 15-month-old girl cared for by Dietrich Williams. He was sentenced in Genesee County Court yesterday to 12 years in state prison.
Williams admitted that last June he so violently shook the baby and then slammed her to the floor, that the child suffered injuries that will leave her permanently impaired.
Two people are charged with criminally negligent homicide in a September crash that killed an eight-year-old girl in Orleans County. State Police say 33-year-old Corey Buzard of Holley is charged in the rollover accident that killed his daughter, Abigail. Courtney Buzard of Brockport, a 17-year-old cousin, was driving.
The investigation revealed that Abigail was not properly restrained in the vehicle.Troopers said the child's father and the cousin who was driving should have secured the child.
A second arrest in that melee on Myrtle in LeRoy. 20-year-old Eric Merritt of Rose Road, Batavia, has been charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child. LeRoy police said Merritt took part in the original drug deal that involved a 16-year old. Two ounces of marijuana was stolen during the transaction and that touched off a brawl back on January 22nd. Three people were stabbed
New legislation could soon make it illegal to carry a gun in the Empire State while intoxicated. The law would rely on the same blood alcohol level, point-zero-eight-percent, used to determine whether a driver is drunk. The CWI, or Carrying While Intoxicated, law would not apply to hunting lodges and firing ranges. If the legislation passes, anyone caught drunk with a gun would be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to one year in jail and a ten-thousand dollar fine.