WAUSAU, Wis. – A 26-year-old woman from Wausau, Wisconsin has been sentenced to 10 years of probation for the death of her 3-month-old child. Shailey Huron agreed to the terms of a plea deal in October. She is now a resident of Texas, where she will serve her probation. However, if she violates the terms of her probation, she could face one year in jail.
According to a press release, on March 30, 2020, police and ambulance crews responded to a home on the 100 block of N 4th Ave in Wausau for a report of a baby who was not breathing. An investigation by police revealed that Huron had invited two men to her home on the evening of March 29. The press release stated that Huron and one of the men “engaged in a night of drinking and marijuana use before going to bed.” Huron placed her 3-month-old infant in bed with them. When she woke the next day, she found the child unresponsive.
The press release also mentioned that Huron had been educated and warned multiple times not to co-sleep with her infant. She received warnings from a hospital nurse, a pediatrician, and a public health nurse, as well as educational material on safe sleeping habits. An autopsy indicated the cause of death as accidental asphyxia associated with an unsafe sleeping environment.
As part of her sentencing, Huron will have to complete parenting classes, maintain employment, and will not be allowed to work in childcare.
In summary, Shailey Huron, 26, has been sentenced to 10 years of probation for the death of her 3-month-old child, following a night of drinking and marijuana use, and co-sleeping with the infant, against multiple warnings and educational materials provided to her. An autopsy revealed accidental asphyxia as the cause of death.