One final update to the story of Mitch Laputka and Rachel Anderson that I’ve following since last September. Original story here and a follow up here.
You may recall they were arrested for neglecting their toddler son by strapping himin a stroller for hours on end while they went out and “partied”. That resulted in the body of the toddler being covered with diaper rash, his body temperature was 12 degrees below normal and he stopped breathing, requiring 21 minutes of CPR to revive him when rescue personnel arrived.
Today, they were sentenced in Milwaukee County Court.
Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Wagner sent the mother, Rachel C. Anderson (21), to prison for three years and the father, Mitch Laputka (also 21) to prison for five years.
He also gave Anderson nine years of extended supervision and Laputka five years, ordering both to get a parole agent’s supervision for any visits with their child during the sentences.
I think the concern I and others had about the possibility of a light sentence has been addressed. Three and five years in state prison is a serious punishment, and even with good behavior, they’re both (rightfully) looking at doing a serious time.
Hopefully the child can get into a good foster or adoptive home and lead a much more fulfilling and moral life than either of his parents.