WAUSAU, Wis. – A 26-year-old woman from Wausau, Shailey Huron, has been sentenced to 10 years of probation for the death of her 3-month-old child. As part of the plea deal she agreed to in October, Huron, who now resides in Texas, will serve her probation in her home state. If she violates the terms of her probation, she will face a year in jail.
The case dates back to March 30, 2020, when police and ambulance crews responded to a report of a baby not breathing at Huron’s home in Wausau. An investigation revealed that Huron had invited two men to her home and engaged in a night of drinking and drug use before placing her infant in bed with them. The following day, she found the child unresponsive.
It was discovered that Huron had been educated and warned against co-sleeping with her infant. Despite warnings from a hospital nurse, a pediatrician, and a public health nurse, as well as educational materials on safe sleeping habits, she continued to engage in unsafe sleeping practices which ultimately led to the accidental asphyxia and death of her child.
As part of her sentencing, Huron is required to complete parenting classes, maintain employment, and is prohibited from working in childcare. This tragic case serves as a reminder of the importance of safe sleeping practices for infants and the responsibility of parents to heed medical advice and warnings.
In conclusion, the 26-year-old woman from Wausau, Shailey Huron, has been sentenced to 10 years of probation in her home state of Texas for the accidental death of her 3-month-old child, due to unsafe sleeping practices. This case underscores the critical importance of adhering to medical advice and safety recommendations for the well-being of infants.