#1-how can she be anything other than guilty?
If your child dies as a result of neglect or abuse, how are you innocent? Unless you were out of the country since the child was born and never had a thing to do with said child, there is no way you're not to blame.
#2-Where were the other family members while this abuse was occuring?
Anyone who saw this child (family, ER staff, primary care physician, nurses, neighbors, strangers, etc) should feel partially to blame. A child of that age has no way to get help, the adults are supposed to feel an obligation to ensure the child's safety. I understand that sometimes abuse is covered up and not everyone catches on. But I find it hard to believe that this could have occured repeatedly for years and not a single person was suspicious. If anyone suspects abuse, regardless of the nature or caliber, it should be reported. In the event that an abused child lives to see adulthood, they will have extreme delays throughout their psychosocial development because of being abused. Delays in development leads to a battery of other problems for that person and all the people they come into contact with. Why would anyone let that continue?
#3-A plea agreement? Really?!
What kind of person is this prosecutor to make a deal with the devil? The only pleas being made in relation to this case should be that "mother" pleading for the Lord to save her soul. And maybe for the members of this community to plead to everyone they know to vote for some people with morals.
#4-Think about it.
A lot of people in this town seem to be hung up on people being "drug addicts" How can you be more concerned with what a person does on their own time than you are with what people are doing to the lives of their children? You're so worried about someone smoking pot you can't seem to get a handle on the real issues. How is it that two people involved in the same crime can get such different treatment? If one person tells the whole story, they get a lesser sentence. In a system like this, how can anyone ever truly get justice? If you are told your entire life not to do something because you will go to jail, then you do the thing and tell on someone which keeps you out of jail, what would you learn from that? You would learn that you can do whatever you want as long as you know someone who has done something worse. Where is the justice in that?