CHARLESTON, W.Va.- A Putnam County jury had no sympathy for a 28-year-old mother who was charged in the death of her sick toddler and found her guilty of murder and child neglect.
Tracy L. Wright of Hurricane faces a possible life sentence.
Charged with weighing two days' worth of testimony and a mountain of evidence, including reports from police, a medical examiner, physicians and social workers, the 12-person jury moved swiftly to find Wright at fault in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, Ashley.
She was found guilty of murder of a child by parent, guardian or custodian by refusal or failure to supply necessities and also guilty of child neglect resulting in death. The jury deliberated for just over an hour and a half.
The little girl suffered from an inherited illness, cystic fibrosis, and witnesses said Wright skipped the youngster's needed medical checkups and failed to give her prescribed medications. A pediatric specialist who treated the child said she could have lived into adulthood if cared for as directed.
Defense attorney David Moye tried to convince jurors the death was more the fault of state Child Protective Services because they didn't move quickly enough to remove the little girl from her home. He also said it was the fault of a friend, June Tucker, who bore much of the responsibility for the girl's care.
On the point that the blame was shared, Assistant Prosecutor Kristina Raynes agreed.
"Everyone involved in this case harbors some blame and regret," she told jurors in her closing argument Wednesday. "Everyone feels guilty for what happened to poor Ashley.
"Everybody but one," Raynes said of the mother. "She's guilty. Convict her."
Wright did not testify in her defense, and Moye called no other witnesses. But the jury apparently was moved by her words as repeated by the state's witnesses.
"I have one perfect one, and one sick one," Wright told state police Detective Shawn Johnson.
"She didn't even believe Ashley had cystic fibrosis," said Raynes, reminding jurors of a statement made to a social worker. "She told them she didn't take her to the doctor because it was boring.
"She said she didn't take Ashley to the hospital on the day she died because she didn't have gas and she didn't like her father-in-law's driving," Raynes said.
THis is nothing but pure heterosexual scumbag trash. Just like Manute Johnson and Fannie.