- Posted November 6, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
On March 28, 2009 Sixteen month old Alissa Guernsey was in the sole care and custody of her mother's cousin, Christy Shaffer, when she was killed from Blunt Force Trauma to her head. Her death was ruled a HOMICIDE. In the months prior to her death, Alissa had also endured multiple bruising all over her body, a broken elbow, stitches to the head, multiple severe cuts inside of her mouth, and her once beautiful blonde hair had been ripped out, all while in the custody of Shaffer.
Christy Shaffer was charged with two counts of Neglect of a Dependent, a Class B and C felony. She was allowed to plea down to just the Class B charge, the ClassC was dropped. She was given a 10 year sentence, with 6 years suspended. Judge Vanderbeck revisited her sentence and she was released after serving just 77 DAYS.
Christy Shaffer was never charged with Murder after the investigation CLEARLY showed that Baby Alissa's death was ruled a HOMICIDE. Christy Shaffer was grossly undercharged with only felony child abuse charges, that never included a HOMICIDE charge. Because Christy was NEVER charged with a Homicide charge, Double Jeopardy does NOT apply in this case. We ask that the case into Alissa's death be reopened and that Felony Murder charges be filed against Christy Shaffer.