October 21, 2018

Guilty plea in 2015 infant death

(Coweta County, GA) — The case involving a mother whose infant passed away under mysterious circumstances last summer in Coweta County ended with the mother pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.

On Wednesday, Staci Lea Lashomb pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea and was sentenced to 25 years  – to serve 17 – for her role in the sudden death of her 2-month-old, Makaelyn Leighann Lashomb, in July 2015.

The death was likely caused by a combination of bed-sharing and drug use, according to Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk.

Staci Lea Lashomb

Staci Lea Lashomb

LaShomb has remained in the Coweta County Jail since Oct. 12, 2015.

On July 25, 2015, Coweta County deputies were attempting to serve a warrant at the home on Smokey Road. While searching the home, deputies found Lashomb asleep in a bedroom with her two children.

Her toddler was found sitting on the edge of their bed, but Lashomb and her infant appeared to be unresponsive, according to the deposition.

Deputies began performing chest compressions on the infant, but were unsuccessful in resuscitating Makaelyn.

According to a report by Clay Neely of the Newnan Times-Herald, both the coroner and medical examiner reached the same conclusion – the baby died as a result of asphyxiation because of the sleeping conditions and the mental state of the mother.

LaShomb and her two-year-old daughter both tested positive for methamphetamine. The deceased infant did not.

Assistant District Attorney Kevin McMurry said that LaShomb has been willing to accept responsibility for the accident and has shown great remorse since the incident.

“Lashomb was charged with murder in 2nd degree, but the DA’s office allowed her to plea on the lesser included offense of involuntary manslaughter, predicated on the unlawful act of reckless conduct,” said McMurry.

LaShomb did not address the court. Her attorney, Jemario Davis, said she has been nothing but remorseful and continues to be emotionally raw about the situation.

“This death was not intentional,” he said. “It was a poor choice on her part – caring for her children in that location. She has addressed her problems and shows a willingness to make the best out of this unfortunate situation.”

Judge Emory Palmer accepted the plea from Lashomb and accepted the change from second-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter.

Lashomb was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of cruelty to children, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charge of reckless conduct was merged into the involuntary manslaughter charge, and the possession of methamphetamine charge was dropped.

Palmer declined to grant first offender status to LaShomb – noting that it seemed inappropriate due to the length of the sentence and the fact that a child died.

(Article courtesy of Clay Neely and the Newnan Times-Herald)

Comments

  1. Christina tuck says:

    Poor little baby may be had coweta county dfacs been doing their job instead of trying to take my kids that we in no danger they could have help these two little girls God watch over their tiny souls and comfort their tiny hearts amen

  2. Yet if she had an abortion just 3 months earlier, she’d never be convicted of murder.. Seems like our system is completely stupid! Yeah, she does deserve to be punished for her crime, but the law allows ppl to kill babies all the time, and yet no one is punished for that, except the unborn baby.. Dumb!

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