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Mother of dead infant makes guilty plea

Thursday, June 6, 2013 2:06 PM
Last updated Friday, June 7, 2013 12:51 AM
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An Augusta woman whose infant died in the family’s filthy, roach-infested home pleaded guilty to child abuse charges Thursday in Rich­mond County Superior Court. She was sentenced to four years in prison.

Aileen Wright, 27, has been in jail since April 15, 2012, when her 5-month-old son died and emergency workers found the deplorable conditions in a rented trailer at Pine View trailer park on Gor­don Highway.

According to the medical examiner, there was no evidence suggesting the infant had been injured or suffered any disease, District Attorney Hank Syms said.

Nicholas Womack Jr. was well-nourished and in the medical examiner’s opinion death was likely caused by sudden infant death syndrome, Syms said.

Wright and Nicholas Wo­mack Sr., 25, were charged with five counts of cruelty to children because of the state of the trailer and the condition of the infant’s body. The baby was covered in roach bites, Syms said. The bites were inflicted after death, according to the medical examiner.

Wright and Womack had recently moved into the trailer with the infant and Wright’s other children, ages 6, 5, 3 and 1.

Defense attorney William Mar­cum said that the couple tried to get the landlord to fix conditions in the trailer, which lacked water in the kitchen and had sewage backing up into the sink but that he refused. The roach problem was already there when they moved in, Wright said.

“We had nowhere else to go. We just took it,” she said.
Judge Sheryl B. Jolly imposed the same sentence on Wright that she gave Womack, who pleaded guilty in March: four years followed by six years on probation. They were sentenced under the First Offender Act.

Attending parenting classes and following reunification plans set by the Depart­ment of Family and Children Services are required during probation.

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rmwhitley 06/06/13 - 06:11 pm
If the allegations

are correct concerning the trailer's condition, I feel the landlord should face foreclosure and a hefty fine.

Fiat_Lux 06/07/13 - 12:30 pm
Did they bother to investigate the landlord?

If this mother's story checked out as accurate, the landlord should get the exact same sentence.

LillyfromtheMills 06/07/13 - 08:00 pm
Why,oh why?

The couple had nowhere to go
They went to a roach infected trailer
The landlord rented it to them
The baby died of SIDS
With roach bites on its body
Why, oh why?

oldredneckman96 06/07/13 - 10:18 pm
Child without a Parent

Of course the laws we have would not allow it in court, but were there any drugs involved? With all the help available today, there is only one reason for this to happen to a child. Again, put every drug dealer in jail for life.

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