Mother Who Smothered Young Daughter Freed By Judge

⁤In a shocking end to a tragic case, Judge Mark Stoner found Dacia Lacey, 32, not guilty of neglect of a dependent despite her confession to smothering her two-month-old daughter, Alona, while high on methamphetamine with her actions leading to the incredibly sad death of the young girl.

⁤Stoner, who already faced calls to resign after a recent ruling concerning a cop killer, inexplicably scolded the defendant while setting her free. ⁤⁤”There are some things you can never do. ⁤⁤You can never have sole possession of your children and go out and use drugs. ⁤⁤You’re not innocent, but you’re not guilty of what the state has charged you with,” he said. ⁤

⁤The judge claimed there was no evidence to support the state’s charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. ⁤⁤Stoner stated that not every mistake is criminal and that “something has to be done with criminal intent and criminal responsibility.” ⁤

⁤Defense attorneys argued that there was no evidence of long-term neglect injuries to the two-month-old baby and that the pathologist was unable to provide a cause or manner of death. ⁤⁤However, tests proved Lacey had meth in her system on the day of the incident. ⁤

⁤Stoner indicated that the prosecutor should be blamed for his surprising decision. ⁤⁤”It’s important to understand that the prosecutor chooses the charges. ⁤⁤It’s the prosecutor that’s elected. ⁤⁤The prosecutor has a screening division to make decisions as to what should be charged,” he said. ⁤

⁤Court records revealed that Lacey confessed to investigators how she smothered the infant while on meth because the child’s crying was interfering with her need to sleep. ⁤⁤Shockingly, testimony also revealed that Lacey’s other daughter, who was three years old at the time, witnessed her mother taking a pillow and smothering Alona. ⁤

⁤The case has reignited debates about the justice system and the many shortcomings it has shown to citizens who onced had a firm faith in it. ⁤⁤Many are outraged that a mother who confessed to smothering her infant child while under the influence of drugs could walk free without facing any consequences for her actions. ⁤