Probation for Wausau Woman in Baby’s Accidental Asphyxia Death

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – A 26-year-old woman from Wausau, Wisconsin has been sentenced to 10 years of probation for the death of her 3-month-old child, following a plea deal agreement made in October.

Shailey Huron, now a resident of Texas, will serve her probation in her home state. However, if she violates the terms, she will face one year in jail.

The incident took place on March 30, 2020, when police and ambulance crews responded to a home in Wausau for a report of a baby who was not breathing.

An investigation revealed that Huron had invited two men to her home on the evening of March 29. They engaged in drinking and marijuana use before going to bed, with Huron placing her 3-month-old infant in bed with them. She woke the next day to find the child unresponsive.

Although Huron had been educated and warned not to co-sleep with her infant by hospital, pediatric, and public health nurses, as well as provided with educational material on safe sleeping habits, an autopsy indicated the cause of death as accidental asphyxia associated with an unsafe sleeping environment.

As part of her sentencing, Huron is required to complete parenting classes, maintain employment, and is barred from working in childcare.

The case highlights the tragic consequences of unsafe sleeping habits and raises awareness about the importance of following recommended guidelines for infant care.

In summary, Shailey Huron of Wausau, Wisconsin, will serve 10 years of probation for the accidental death of her 3-month-old child, following a plea deal made in October. If she violates the terms of her probation, she could face one year in jail. The case underscores the importance of safe sleeping habits for infants and the potential consequences of not following recommended guidelines.