Savannah mother sentenced to 45 years in prison in infant's death

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 5:28 AM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Chatham County woman pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced murder charge in the 2009 death of her 3-month-old son and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Ashley Latoya Mims, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter, cruelty to a child and false statements in the March 23, 2009, death of Ervin Eugene Terrell.

The victim was killed in an apartment in the 2800 block of East Capital Street in what earlier testimony showed was the result of Mims’ rage at her husband.

Chatham County Superior Court Judge Michael Karpf, who called the evidence “shocking,” accepted the negotiated plea offered by Assistant District Attorney Emily Thomas and Assistant Public Defender Bob Attridge because it presented the best outcome for the state and defendant.

He call the consecutive-term sentence “no slap on the wrist.”

The term imposed included maximum terms for each of the crimes to be served consecutively.

Mims was scheduled for trial next week.

Testimony at Mims’ preliminary hearing showed the woman “slammed (the victim) onto the ground” after her husband left her.

Evidence showed a long fracture at the back of the victim’s head and fractured ribs consistent with blunt-force trauma,

The indictment charges Mims with cruelty to a child by causing cruel and excessive mental and physical pain to the infant between Feb. 1, 2009, and Feb. 23, 2009.

An autopsy showed those injuries had begun to heal at the time of the fatal attack.

Mims also admitted to making false statements to police that the infant suffered injuries when he fell off a bed at the home. Police rejected that explanation, a detective testified at an earlier hearing.

The murder charge said Mims caused her son’s death “through the infliction of blunt force trauma to (his) head.”

Harold Terrell, whom Mims married in August 2008, was not present when the baby was injured and had an alibi that placed him elsewhere.

He was present in court Friday for the plea.

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my.voice 12/10/11 - 08:17 am
What an ordeal for a three

What an ordeal for a three month old.....heartbreaking.

seenitB4 12/10/11 - 08:27 am
Some people don't deserve to

Some people don't deserve to have children.....this is one..

allhans 12/10/11 - 10:53 am
More penalties like this and

More penalties like this and it might make more women think before they act..

'rage at her husband" means too concerned with the man in her life to care about her child.

corgimom 12/10/11 - 02:18 pm
She'll be out in 15 years,

She'll be out in 15 years, enough time for her to have some more children to torture.

And allhans, she wasn't thinking about penalties. Evil people don't.

GaStang22 12/10/11 - 05:46 pm
Sterilization conditions for

Sterilization conditions for someone like this upon release is wrong. It is her right to have and kill as many children as chooses.

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