Woman will spend 10 to 15 years in prison

January 13th, 2010 by

FLINT (WJRT) — (01/11/10)–Lorrie Thomas, the Flint woman accused of killing her adopted, disabled daughter Shylae, will spend the next 10 to 15 years in prison.

Thomas, who is the girl’s biological aunt, was sentenced Monday afternoon.

It was back in April when investigators found the 9-year-old’s starved body stuffed in a plastic tote in a storage unit in Vienna Township.

Last month Thomas pleaded no contest to six charges. Monday, she had this to say right before Judge Judith Fullerton sentenced her:

“I took care of my child. Everybody who knows me know that I take care of my children. You all are judging me. You all do not know me,” she said.

“I am also affected by the things that have happened here. I am not proud that my child died and I put her in storage. You all are trying to make me be this monster. I am not. I am not a monster. I did not kill Shylae.”

The prosecution says she absolutely did kill her, neglecting the quadriplegic child to death and then cashing her adoption subsidies even after she was stuffed in that tote.

The judge deviated upward in sentencing. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said he was pleased.

“The lesson that I would really like resounding in the community is that if a parent has problems raising a child, any kind of child, they need to ask for help,” he said.

“Lorrie Thomas did not ask for help. She allowed this child to wither away on a vine and there was help out there. This child did not need to die like this.”

During sentencing the victim or a member of the victim’s family is given a chance to say something.

The assistant prosecutor on the case, Marcie Mabry, spoke instead and spoke for Shylae.

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2 Responses

  1. Johnny D

    Thats it 10 to 15 yrs!!!!!!!!!!! justice was not served in this case,she should be on death row awaiting “the venom” injection.

  2. amazed

    Her comments tell me that she is truly dilusional …

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