A Milwaukee woman has been arrested in connection with a 7-year-old boy’s death, according to a report from the Journal-Sentinel Online. There were two women involved in the case — a 44- and 47-year-old, unnamed because they have yet to be charged. Police say the 44-year-old woman has unfortunate experience with this sort of thing.
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First, the current details. A 7-year-old boy was taken to the hospital earlier this week with numerous injuries, prompting an autopsy to be ordered to determine the cause of death. In the meantime, as authorities investigated the two women, they found the 44-year-old had a similarly dark and disturbing case on her resume.
Going back 14 years, she was convicted in a torture case that resulted in the death of a 1-year-old boy named Bryan, who was literally tortured for two weeks. The woman received 18 months in prison for her role in the crime. She got off lightly because her role was a simple neglect charge. Her sister and daughter were the ones charged with abuse of the baby, who sustained ”
bruises all over his body, head trauma and a split lip” with the “most grievous injury” to his left arm, the Journal-Sentinel reported. “It had been broken twice, ballooned with swelling and developed gangrene, causing his skin to slough off. The woman and others claimed the child had suffered a spider bite,” wrote reporter Ashley Luthern.
The sister, who was 19 at the time of the 2003 crime, was sentenced to 17 years in prison with 13 years of extended supervision, while the woman’s daughter received 10.5 years in prison and 12 years of extended supervision. Now that the woman is yet again involved in the death of the child, one wonders if 18 months the first time around was enough. At the very least, some folks should probably just never go within a country mile of a child. But what does it say about a justice system that allows these types of things to turn into repeat offenses? To be the most prosperous country in the world, it sure sucks to be a kid.
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