A Wisconsin woman was supposed to provide childcare. Instead, she smoked meth and killed the child.
Now, she will remain behind bars for over two decades.
Recently, Manitowoc County Circuit Court Judge Robert Dewane handed Jamie Schrank, 41, a mandatory life sentence with the possibility of parole for the abusive death of a 3-year-old toddler. Schrank was found guilty and convicted by a jury for the repeated acts of physical abuse of a child causing death, chronic neglect of the child, and possession of methamphetamine.
According to Fox 11, on July 28, 2018, officers responded to 2300 Western Avenue at Holy Memorial after the toddler was admitted for external and internal bruises. The child had been rushed to the hospital by the mother.
Then, doctors observed the child suffered both external and internal injuries due to rough handling. Authorities suspected the child was injured when she was being watched by her babysitters — Schrank and her boyfriend Edwardo Gamez, 49.
The abuse allegedly happened in the couple's home, where their 5-year-old son lived.
During the couple's interview with the police, Schrank told them she and Gamez smoked methamphetamine.
A jury tried Schrank, but Gamez pleaded guilty last year to the charge of chronic neglect of a child causing death. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He entered his plea with the Alford caveat, where a defendant does not admit guilt but confirms there is enough evidence to convict.
The state of Wisconsin has seen an alarming rate of child abuse from newborns to three years old due to limited options for parents who are financially challenged.
"They're stuck between a rock and a hard place. You've left your kid with the one person you think you can trust, and then he comes home with marks. Do you want to risk reporting that?" said Detective Sgt. Brian Slinger, who investigates child abuse for the Brown County Sheriff's Office, according to Green Bay Press Gazette.
Schrank will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.