An Indiana judge has handed down the maximum sentence to a mother charged in connection with the brutal death of her infant daughter. Marshall Superior Court Judge Matthew E. Sarber on Friday sentenced to 32 years old Tiffany Coburn jailed for 30 months (two years and six months) after a man she and her husband described as a “family member” brutally murdered an 11-month-old baby Mercedes Lain while babysitting in August 2021, Court records Reviewed by Law & Crime shows.
Coburn’s sentence means that all three adults charged in Mercedes’ death are given the maximum sentence.
Coburn and Mercedes’ father, Kenneth Robert LainLast month, they both pleaded guilty to one count of dependent abandonment, a felony in the 6th degree, for endangering their daughter’s life by placing her in the care of a 37-year-old man. Justin Miller.
Miller last year admit that he had “beaten back” the little girl on the head several times while using synthetic marijuana, then buried her remains in a shallow grave. He pleaded guilty to one count of murder and was sentenced up to 65 years behind bars. As part of the plea agreement, Miller waives his right to appeal his conviction.
Like Kenneth Lain, Coburn will get credit for the amount of time she’s spent behind bars since her initial arrest last August. Under Indiana State Law, individuals incarcerated for certain misdemeanors and low-level felonies can earn a “good time” credit, giving them an extra day out of prison for each day completed with good behavior. Thus, the couple’s six months in prison earned them about a year of serving time. Thus, both can finish serving the entire sentence after serving an additional nine months in prison.
The Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the verdict from Law & Crime.
Equal previous report According to Law & Crime, investigators discovered Mercedes’ body on August 18 in a wooded area in northern Indiana.
Court documents says that Mercedes’ parents left her with Miller on Friday, August 13, saying they needed to take a break from parenting. Although they describe Miller as a “family member,” their purported relationship is unclear.
The couple said Miller was supposed to bring the Mercedes home two days later on Sunday, August 15. After they got off the Mercedes with Miller, “both mom and dad tried to get hold of Miller multiple times and couldn’t. contact him,” the court documents read. . When they finally got to him on August 15, Miller is said to have told the couple he had left the Mercedes with a neighbor because Lain and Coburn were not at home. The couple eventually phoned the police and informed them that Mercedes was missing.
Authorities issued a “Silver Alert” to Mercedes, asking the FBI to assist in the investigation.
A neighbor told investigators that Coburn “brought a duffel bag” that Sunday and asked the neighbor to “see it because they need to call the police about their missing baby.”
“The duffle bag contained a safe,” according to the police oath. “It is believed that this safe contains illegal drugs.”
A probable cause affidavit described both Coburn and Lain as “uncooperative in the search for the child,” noting that neither parent returned calls from investigators and missed the police interview.
Investigators found Miller at a home in Starke County around 3:30 a.m. Aug. 16. He was taken to the police department, where he is said to have waived his rights and consented. interviewed by detectives. Miller told investigators that Kenneth Lain contacted him on August 12 about purchasing synthetic marijuana, but said the conversation “later turned into a difficult time they were having.” right. [Mercedes], ” According to an affidavit probable cause. Miller said he eventually told Lain he would babysit Mercedes “for a few days” so he and Coburn could “rest”.
In his plea agreement, Miller reported admitted that he was at his girlfriend’s apartment to see the Mercedes in mid-August when he became frustrated that the baby wouldn’t stop crying. Confirming that he was addicted to synthetic marijuana at the time of the assault, Miller testified in court that he assaulted Mercedes “a few times” to get her to stop crying late at night on August 12 or early in the day. August 13.
Per South Bend ABC WBND branch, Miller speak he “beat” Mercedes several times “in the head” causing the child to hit the wall.
When he awoke on the morning of August 14, Miller said he got out of bed and “rolled a synthetic” before seeing Mercedes’ lifeless body. When he learned that the baby was dead, he went to a neighbor’s house to borrow money for gas; He then grabbed the wrecked Mercedes and buried her in a remote forest in Starke County.
He then lied and told Lain and Coburn that he had dropped his Mercedes at a neighbor’s house.
Coburn’s mother, Angie Owenspreviously mocked her daughter and Lain, reportedly speak The Daily Beast they are “definitely not good parents.”
Owens continued: “We tried everything in our power to get this baby out of their hands. “We called [child protective services] many times. We couldn’t do more than we did. We went beyond our means in doing what we could to help this baby.”
Lain was previously found guilty of dependent neglect in 2016 and sentenced to two years in prison with a year of probation. He was then ordered to serve a one-year suspended prison sentence after violating the terms of his probation, Court records only. Records show he was also found guilty some other felonymany of which include methamphetamine possession.
[Images via Marshall County Jail, Silver Alert]
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