Rhinelander man gets 12 years in jail

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Pleading guilty, a Rhinelander father will be spending 12 years in jail for child abuse and neglect.

In May 2009, the 23 year-old man's daughter, a girl of 10 months, was found dead. It was uncovered that she had died from morphine overdose, which was due to the father's negligence. He had left a pill near enough for her to grab and ingest. According to the prosecution, he was under the influence of drugs at the time, and did not see it necessary to take her to the hospital.

Her mother, a 22 year-old, was acquitted earlier this year in a January trial.

The 12 years of jail come from felony counts of child abuse recklessly causing great harm and neglecting a child causing death, which amount to concurrent sentences of 12 and 5 years. Also, a period of 5 years will be spent following the jail stay as extended supervision under the District Attorney's Office.

The judge reprehended the father during the sentencing, citing a lack of remorse and an overall selfish attitude during the proceedings. 

After the sentence was announced, the father's defense attorney hinted at a probable appeal to the trial's result.

The Rhinelander wrongful death lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® would like to express our condolences to those affected by this tragedy.