Alabama mother gets 18 years for infant son's methamphetamine death
WRBL / Lee County
Cherith Shoemaker woman was sentenced on July 8 to 18 years after a jury convicted her of child endangerment resulting in the child’s death.

via WRBL:

LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) -- A Lee County woman was sentenced on July 8 to 18 years after a jury convicted her of child endangerment resulting in the child’s death.

“The jury convicted Cherith Shoemaker of Chemical Endangerment of a Child Causing Death. She was using Meth up until the day she gave birth to her baby that subsequently died as a result of her Meth usage. The baby had 5 times more Meth in his system than the defendant did,” said Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes on March 4.

“The defendant gave birth to the child in a bathtub, wrapped the baby in a towel, and tossed him in the corner, and scrubbed the crime scene clean. Due to the fantastic investigative work by the Auburn Police Division and the prosecution of the case by ADAs Garrett Saucer and Cathey Berardi, the jury took less than an hour to convict the defendant,” said Hughes.

Hughes says this was not an easy case because of the defendant’s efforts to hide the crime and the fact it was a crime never before prosecuted in the jurisdiction.

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