Woman gets probation in death of baby

Woman gets probation in death of baby

There are 8 comments on the Belleville News-Democrat story from Nov 22, 2007, titled Woman gets probation in death of baby. In it, Belleville News-Democrat reports that:

“I think a five-year sentence would”

Catherine Fencl pleaded guilty to killing an 8-month-old infant, but walked out of a Belleville courtroom Wednesday afternoon after a judge sentenced her to probation.

Fencl, 26, originally was charged with first-degree murder in the death of a neighbor's child, Christopher Thayer, who died from a closed head injury March 14, 2003, but prosecutors amended the charge, and her defense lawyer asked for probation instead of a prison sentence.

'I know no one walks out of here happy,' said St. Clair County Circuit Judge John Baricevic, who accepted Fencl's plea and sentenced her Wednesday afternoon. Read more

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Saint Louis, MO

#1 Nov 22, 2007
Kill a baby and get probation. Hummm...what's wrong with this picture?
brown suga

Saint Charles, MO

#2 Jun 8, 2008
my cousin done 4 years for the same crime the system is not made for us and i thought we were out of shackles
Marys Aunt

Collinsville, IL

#3 Jun 8, 2008
Thugs4less wrote:
Kill a baby and get probation. Hummm...what's wrong with this picture?
Absolutely unreal! What the hell is this world coming to.Kill an 8 month old baby & get probation!?!?!? Blow an 8 week old babys head off & get life? I blame the jury for not giving Jason Smith the death penalty for killing an 8 week old baby & i blame the judge for accepting a plea bargain for probation for a childs life! Were not people any more! Were fu#!ing machines that arent supposed to feel feelings anymore. Wheres the punishment? It only makes it okay for these freaks of nature to do these things cause they know they will get away with it! I can say with all honesty that if my daughter grows up & makes the decision to not have kids, I would support that decision. Thats pathetic to say im okay with not having grandkids just so i would know my family is safe!Its just not safe anymore!
ex cahokia resident

United States

#4 Jul 4, 2008
you gotta be kidding me!!! Probation? This is an outrage.
someone who knows

Garden City, MI

#5 Jan 4, 2013
Catherine Fencl is NOT in the least mentally ill. This woman now off probation ..repeatedly brags on killing Christopher Thayer. Jokes of killing her own children. The judge that set this woman free should be incarcerated with her. She is now been involved in burglaries and countless episodes with dcfs for child abuse to her 12 year old son. FREE to do more harm to innocent people.
knows cathy

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Jan 4, 2013
I agree she is a freaking animal 2 hurt a defenseless human being may her soul burn in hell....
someone who knows

Garden City, MI

#7 Jan 4, 2013
There is a 200.00 reward for any information regarding a burglary on wednesday jan 4 2013 items stolen by catherine fencl now catherine fritz and larry fritz both of belleville il. items stolen ps3 wii two remotes and jewelry. anyone with this information please respond to [email protected] note: this does not include reward from swansea police dept who also offers monetary compensation for information leading to an arrest.
Karen Sarahan

Belleville, IL

#8 Apr 17, 2017
knows cathy wrote:
I agree she is a freaking animal 2 hurt a defenseless human being may her soul burn in hell....
Yes this is Karen Sarahan that was my son that she murder my son Christopher.

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