Ind. man gets 35 years in 2-year-old's death

May 17, 2011 Full story: Star-Press 16

FRANKFORT, Ind. - A central Indiana man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in the neglect death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

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Been there_still there

Lafayette, IN

#1 May 17, 2011
Not long enough for this waste of skin!
craziness

Frankfort, IN

#2 May 17, 2011
The ONLY thing Adam is guilty of is letting that baby fall asleep after falling down the stairs. Had he known she could die, I'm 100% positive he would have called 911 immediately. He is not a killer, he is not a bad person, and he did not abuse that child. The person who IS guilty is the mother. She is completely responsible for the safety and well-being of her children at all times.
CeCe

West Lafayette, IN

#3 May 17, 2011
Just wait until Patience's trial.People will know (that didn't already know) the truth about her and her parenting skills.She will more than likely spend LIFE behind bars.Sad that he was ever mixed up with a woman like that!!!
old man

Indianapolis, IN

#4 May 18, 2011
they should both be put to death. they are two rotteh SOBS

Since: May 11

Greenfield, IN

#5 May 18, 2011
Perfect example why some people should be spade and neutured, never allowing them to have children.
disgusted

Cicero, IN

#6 May 19, 2011
I can't believe anyone would defend this guy
old man

Indianapolis, IN

#7 May 19, 2011
disgusted wrote:
I can't believe anyone would defend this guy
its the same family defending that thought Keith winchester SHOULD go to jail for hitting Jeff East. So the message is dont hit a grown man for cheating and running his mouth at cards, But its ok for an innocent 2 year child. once again that family member is innocent of guilt or wrong doing.
HoldUP

United States

#8 May 20, 2011
craziness wrote:
The ONLY thing Adam is guilty of is letting that baby fall asleep after falling down the stairs. Had he known she could die, I'm 100% positive he would have called 911 immediately. He is not a killer, he is not a bad person, and he did not abuse that child. The person who IS guilty is the mother. She is completely responsible for the safety and well-being of her children at all times.
So, if he is totally innocent....why did he plead guilty? He didn't get sentenced because he lost his trial (read article!). He PLEAD GUILTY. People typically don't just do that you know. And I believe that the mother will be held accountable during her own trial here soon.
Get A Clue

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Jun 8, 2011
1. it is the constituional right of every person to have a defense that ensures people have a fair trial-whether their attorney believes they are guilty or not - they deserve to make sure their trial is handeled correctly within the legal system

2. let's not forget the many reports that have come up since the incident from doctors offices & hospitals of all the unexplainable & suspicious bruises that child would come in with that the doctors never reported to child services - while they are not guilty, they have the responsibility to be a voice for children and report these things

3. he plead guilty because that is how the court systems in the united states work - they encourage people to sign a plea by offering an incredible reduction in their sentencing compared to what they would face if they took it to trial.. American Violet would be an excellent movie for you to pick up to get an idea of what people that are arrested actually face - whether they are guilty or not

4. i by no means think the people responsible for this deserve to even take another breath of life, nor am i trying to defend them.. but please have a well rounded knowledge of everything before making comments.
what

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Jun 13, 2011
craziness wrote:
The ONLY thing Adam is guilty of is letting that baby fall asleep after falling down the stairs. Had he known she could die, I'm 100% positive he would have called 911 immediately. He is not a killer, he is not a bad person, and he did not abuse that child. The person who IS guilty is the mother. She is completely responsible for the safety and well-being of her children at all times.
That bastar...knew what him and his buddy done..
Raymond

Thorntown, IN

#11 Jun 14, 2011
Get A Clue wrote:
1. it is the constituional right of every person to have a defense that ensures people have a fair trial-whether their attorney believes they are guilty or not - they deserve to make sure their trial is handeled correctly within the legal system
2. let's not forget the many reports that have come up since the incident from doctors offices & hospitals of all the unexplainable & suspicious bruises that child would come in with that the doctors never reported to child services - while they are not guilty, they have the responsibility to be a voice for children and report these things
3. he plead guilty because that is how the court systems in the united states work - they encourage people to sign a plea by offering an incredible reduction in their sentencing compared to what they would face if they took it to trial.. American Violet would be an excellent movie for you to pick up to get an idea of what people that are arrested actually face - whether they are guilty or not
4. i by no means think the people responsible for this deserve to even take another breath of life, nor am i trying to defend them.. but please have a well rounded knowledge of everything before making comments.
A Plea Agreement is usually singed so the Defendant can avoid a longer sentence IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY at a trial. If an offender sings a Plea Agreement, then obviously a group of his peers (Jury) would most likely find him GUILTY after presented with all of the EVIDENCE of the trial. So please don't blame his guilt on "how the court system works" He chose under his own free-will to sign and admit guilt in the case. If he was not guilty then there is no reasonable explanation on why he would not take it to trail and prove his innocence rather than suck up 35 years. Bottom line..Offenders sign plea agreements because it gives them a break.
and

Frankfort, IN

#12 Jun 14, 2011
Raymond wrote:
<quoted text>A Plea Agreement is usually singed so the Defendant can avoid a longer sentence IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY at a trial. If an offender sings a Plea Agreement, then obviously a group of his peers (Jury) would most likely find him GUILTY after presented with all of the EVIDENCE of the trial. So please don't blame his guilt on "how the court system works" He chose under his own free-will to sign and admit guilt in the case. If he was not guilty then there is no reasonable explanation on why he would not take it to trail and prove his innocence rather than suck up 35 years. Bottom line..Offenders sign plea agreements because it gives them a break.
You should look at the case of Cameron Todd Willingham. It is a perfect example of what can happen when an innocent person refuses to sign a plea agreement and instead goes to trial thinking it's impossible to be found guilty of a crime they didn't commit. And it isn't the defendant's responsibility to prove their innocence. It is the burden of the state to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It's so easy to take for granted that the judicial system will not err and the innocent man will walk or the guilty man will be punished but if you were a member of any jury you would be bringing yet another flaw to the table with the mindset that a defendant should prove their innocence. The way the courts are ran is as if mistakes are expected.(i.e. Appellate courts are available to those who feel trial courts didn't follow the guidelines set forth) That should be unacceptable. The very system that puts people away for breaking laws is guilty of not following their own rules. It's like smacking your son for hitting your daughter and telling him it's wrong to hit. Or "thou shalt not kill" unless you're in the military, or if it's in self defense, or if you're an executioner. We are taught to follow the rules only sometimes and it seems as though no one understands why crimes occur...
Friend of the family

Frankfort, IN

#13 Jun 20, 2011
old man wrote:
<quoted text>its the same family defending that thought Keith winchester SHOULD go to jail for hitting Jeff East. So the message is dont hit a grown man for cheating and running his mouth at cards, But its ok for an innocent 2 year child. once again that family member is innocent of guilt or wrong doing.
As a close friend of the family, I can tell you several things about how the family feels. Adam did NOT hit that baby. He is guilty of neglecting to get her medical attention. The crime that he pled guilty to is NEGLECT. Most people in the family accept that he deserves to be punished for that crime. They also feel that the mother (who is, was, and always has been the abuser)deserves a much harsher penalty than Adam got.

As for Winchester, he did HIT Jeff in front of a room full of witnesses. The blow did cause Jeff's death, and yes, he did deserve to be punished for that action. Everyone in the family knows that Winchester did not mean to kill him, but he did kill him and did deserve to go to jail for that.

The people that get on here to defend Adam are primarily his friends. The difference between these two cases are primarily that one is a crime of omission (failing to get someone help) and a crime of comission (causing bodily harm leading to death).
Friend of the family

Frankfort, IN

#14 Jun 20, 2011
Raymond wrote:
<quoted text>
A Plea Agreement is usually singed so the Defendant can avoid a longer sentence IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY at a trial. If an offender sings a Plea Agreement, then obviously a group of his peers (Jury) would most likely find him GUILTY after presented with all of the EVIDENCE of the trial. So please don't blame his guilt on "how the court system works" He chose under his own free-will to sign and admit guilt in the case. If he was not guilty then there is no reasonable explanation on why he would not take it to trail and prove his innocence rather than suck up 35 years. Bottom line..Offenders sign plea agreements because it gives them a break.
I would like to add that there is a reasonable explanation for not going to trial...How about someone who realizes that they are guilty of NEGLECT and has resolved to take the punishment? How about someone who wants to spare their loved ones the pain and sensationalism of a trial? How about someone who isn't trying to work the system and is taking responsibility for their actions?

Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to minimize the situation. There is a baby girl who is no longer with us due in part to Adam's bad decision making on that horrible night, but he is trying to do the right thing now. Does that bring her back? No...but under the circumstances he did the right thing. Especially when you consider that the person who actually laid hands on that child and took her life was originally offered a deal for 8 yrs maximum.
sad

Fishers, IN

#15 Jun 20, 2011
a young child died in the care of adults, a lot of things went wrong and the system failed the child. this topic does not need to be on here
Get A Clue

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jun 30, 2011
Raymond wrote:
<quoted text>
A Plea Agreement is usually singed so the Defendant can avoid a longer sentence IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY at a trial. If an offender sings a Plea Agreement, then obviously a group of his peers (Jury) would most likely find him GUILTY after presented with all of the EVIDENCE of the trial. So please don't blame his guilt on "how the court system works" He chose under his own free-will to sign and admit guilt in the case. If he was not guilty then there is no reasonable explanation on why he would not take it to trail and prove his innocence rather than suck up 35 years. Bottom line..Offenders sign plea agreements because it gives them a break.
You must have a lot of personal experience with the way the court systems really work.(eyes roll)

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