Initially, the young mater, later identified as Summer, reportedly had her newborn son removed from her care after he was starved. The baby was just 8 weeks old when he was found weighing less than his birth weight.
She was convicted of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor for starving her newborn son. Although the charge was punishable by up to six years in prison, she was sentenced to only three. The mom’s attorney, Clay, said that the mother described how she was home-schooled after being bullied in public school and basically had a ninth-grade education.
She also revealed she was ra-ed and se-ually molested from the age of 3 until she was 10 by a man who was later convicted of ra-ing her and sentenced to two life terms.
While the mother was ultimately found fit for trial, the attorney said she was low functioning and suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, leaving him shocked by the prison sentence. “I realize Summer was a terrible mother, but to send her to prison after the jury heard about her life? I put on the evidence of her being ra-ed most of her life and that she had no education and how pitiful she is,” he said in disbelief. “For them to give jail time was absolutely heartless.” The sentence was recommended by jurors after an hour of deliberation.
Unfortunately, just three years after starving her son, the 22-year-old mom was arrested again when her 20-month-old daughter Lucy died in her care, according to reports. Rather than serving her three-year sentence, the mother was paroled about eight months later, giving her the opportunity to harm one of her twins, who were born after she was arrested for endangering her son.
After being called to a home for reports of an unresponsive child, police arrived to find personnel from the fire department performing CPR on Lucy. During an interview with investigators, the mother said she tried to put the twins down for a nap around 3 pm. When the little girl refused to stay in bed, the mother put her in a car seat on the floor.
She said she strapped both the top and bottom straps of the seat and her daughter began rocking herself to sleep, so she left the twins in the back bedroom, closed the door, and went to the living room at the front of the house. The mother said she went to check on her children an hour and a half later.
Her daughter was rocking and even clapping her hands, she said. After another thirty minutes, realized she couldn’t hear her daughter. She told investigators that she ran into the bedroom and found Lucy with the car seat buckle in her throat.
Police later revealed that the seat was only buckled at the top, allowing Lucy to move around and “scoot down to the bottom.”
The toddler got the buckle across her neck where it put pressure on the blood vessels and restricted the blood flow so she was strangled in a sense.
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