A mom who murdered her infant daughter will now spend life in prison.
Joyceann Louise Ruane, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Murder with a firearm, a special category felony and having weapons while under disability late last year. Last week, prosecutors said she was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Deputies said a 16-month old girl was shot on July 23, 2020, by Ruane following an argument with the child's father, according to court documents.
The child was rushed to a Huntington area trauma center, where she later died.
“This case is the most horrific and tragic investigation I’ve experienced throughout my career as a law enforcement professional,” Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin said in a statement.
“It is simply unimaginable to grasp the reality that this parent possesses a level of pure evil to take the life of their young child as brutally as this mother did.”
“It is unconscionable that a parent, who has a duty to care, nurture, and protect their children, would take the life of a helpless and innocent child. As community servants, there is nothing we can do to restore the life of this child. However, as your prosecutor, I am grateful that Ruane was convicted of her crimes and will serve the rest of her life behind bars,” stated Prosecutor Jason Holdren.