Tiffany Coburn Gets Max Sentence for Leaving Baby with Killer – What We Know!

Tiffany Coburn, Kenneth Lain and Justin Miller appear in mugshots

Tiffany Coburn, Kenneth Lain, and Justin Miller.

A decide in Indiana handed down the utmost sentence to a mom charged in reference to the brutal demise of her toddler daughter. Marshall Superior Courtroom Choose Matthew E. Sarber on Friday sentenced 32-year-old Tiffany Coburn to serve 30 months (two years and 6 months) in jail after a person she and her husband described as a “household relative” brutally murdered 11-month-old Mercedes Lain whereas babysitting in August 2021, courtroom data reviewed by Regulation&Crime confirmed.

Coburn’s sentence signifies that all three of the adults charged in Mercedes’ demise had been handed most sentences.

Coburn and Mercedes’ father, Kenneth Robert Lain, final month each pleaded responsible to at least one rely every of neglect of a dependent, a Degree 6 felony, for endangering the lifetime of their daughter by putting her within the care of 37-year-old Justin Miller.

Miller final yr admitted that he “backhanded” the little lady within the head a number of occasions whereas excessive on artificial marijuana then buried her stays in a shallow grave. He pleaded responsible to at least one rely of homicide and was sentenced to the utmost 65 years behind bars. As a part of his plea settlement, Miller waived his proper to enchantment his sentence.

Like Kenneth Lain, Coburn will obtain credit score for the time she has already spent behind bars since her preliminary arrest final August. Underneath Indiana state regulation, people incarcerated for sure misdemeanors and low-level felonies can earn an “good time” credit score, granting them an extra break day of their sentence for every day accomplished with good habits. As such, the pair’s six months in jail have earned them roughly one yr of credited time served. Thus, it’s potential for them to each full the whole lot of their sentences after serving roughly 9 extra months in jail.

Mercedes Lain as pictured in a silver alert

Mercedes Lain, as pictured in a silver alert.

The Marshall County Prosecutor’s Workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the sentencing from Regulation&Crime.

As beforehand reported by Regulation&Crime, investigators found Mercedes’ physique on Aug. 18 in a densely wooded space in northern Indiana.

Courtroom paperwork say that Mercedes’ dad and mom dropped her off with Miller on Friday, Aug. 13, saying they wanted a break from parenting. Although they described Miller as a “household relative,” their purported relation was not clear.

The couple stated Miller was presupposed to deliver Mercedes again residence two days afterward Sunday, Aug. 15. After dropping off Mercedes with Miller, “each dad and mom tried to come up with Miller quite a few occasions and couldn’t contact him,” courtroom paperwork state. Once they lastly reached him on Aug. 15, Miller allegedly advised the couple that he had left Mercedes with a neighbor as a result of Lain and Coburn weren’t residence. The couple ultimately known as police and reported Mercedes lacking.

Authorities issued a “Silver Alert” for Mercedes, bringing within the FBI to help with the investigation.

A neighbor advised investigators that Coburn on that Sunday “introduced over a duffel bag” and requested the neighbor to “watch it as a result of they wanted to name police about their lacking child.”

“The duffel bag contained a secure,” in accordance with a police affidavit. “It’s believed that this secure comprises unlawful narcotics.”

A possible trigger affidavit described each Coburn and Lain as “uncooperative in on the lookout for the kid,” noting that neither dad or mum returned calls from investigators and missed police interviews.

Investigators positioned Miller in a Starke County residence at roughly 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 16. He was dropped at the police division, the place he allegedly waived his rights and agreed to be interviewed by detectives. Miller advised investigators that Kenneth Lain had contacted him on Aug. 12 about buying artificial marijuana, however stated the dialog “then was the tough time they had been having with [Mercedes],” in accordance with a possible trigger affidavit. Miller stated he ultimately advised Lain that he would babysit Mercedes “for a couple of days” so he and Coburn might “have a break.”

In his plea settlement, Miller reportedly admitted that he was at his girlfriend’s condo watching Mercedes in mid-August when he grew annoyed that the child wouldn’t cease crying. Confirming that he was excessive on artificial marijuana on the time of the assault, Miller reportedly advised the courtroom that he struck Mercedes “a few occasions” to get her to cease crying late on the night of Aug. 12 or early Aug. 13.

Per South Bend ABC affiliate WBND, Miller stated he “backhanded” Mercedes “within the head” a number of occasions inflicting the kid to hit the wall.

When he awoke on the morning of Aug. 14, Miller stated he bought off the bed and “rolled a joint of artificial” earlier than seeing Mercedes’ lifeless physique. Upon realizing the kid was lifeless, he went to a neighbor’s home and borrowed cash for fuel; he then grabbed the Mercedes’ physique and buried her in a distant wooded space in Starke County.

He then lied and advised Lain and Coburn he had dropped Mercedes off at a neighbor’s residence.

Coburn’s mom, Angie Owens, beforehand derided her daughter and Lain, reportedly telling The Every day Beast they’re “undoubtedly not good dad and mom.”

“We tried every part in our energy to get this child taken away from them,” Owens continued. “We’ve known as [child protective services] many occasions. There’s nothing extra that we might have accomplished than what we did. We’ve gone past our energy in doing what we might to assist this child.”

Lain was beforehand convicted of neglect of a dependent in 2016 and was sentenced to 2 years in jail with one yr of the sentence suspended. He was then ordered to serve the suspended yr after violating the phrases of his probation, courtroom data present. Information present he has has additionally been convicted of a number of different felonies, lots of which embrace methamphetamine possession.

[Images via Marshall County Jail, Silver Alert]

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