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.
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.
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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