Another case where there's no mention of a mom. But there's mention of a lot of family members sucking up to the oxy-addicted, neglectful father, MARCUS MANNS. Single dad?
Also notice that this piece of trash is literally getting away with murder. He killed this baby and all he gets is two months of rehab and home confinement. Big whoop.
This is typical of the way that the lives of babies and children are undervalued, while every excuse and accomodation is made for the abuser daddy.
INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT.
Father Sentenced in Son's Bathtub Drowning
Thomas Manns Jr. received home confinement and two months in rehab for his young son's bathtub drowning death.
Posted: 11:37 PM Jan 25, 2011
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
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UPDATE 1/25/11 @ 11:30 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- A father's sentencing coincides with what would have been his son's fifth birthday. Marcus Manns drowned in a bathtub in 2006 and now, more than four years later, his father is finally paying for his crime.
Thomas Manns Jr. appeared before a judge Monday to accept the terms of his plea agreement: child neglect resulting in serious injury. The plea came with a much lighter sentence than the 15 years he could have gotten under the original charge. His penalty is home confinement and a two-month stint in rehab.
"It's a pretty tragic thing. As a parent you're supposed to protect your child and protect them from anything that can harm them," said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Charles Sutphin, the investigator in the case.
Sutphin has been working for years to make sure Manns didn't get off scot-free.
"I thought the sentencing was pretty lenient for this horrific crime," he said. "A child's life was taken over the use of a medication."
Sutphin says OxyContin played a part in the baby's death, a fact that leaves the family shaken.
"He's a great father ... he still is. He made a mistake, everybody makes mistakes ... we're all human," said Mann's aunt Janie Perdue.
Perdue says she never got a chance to really get to know the baby since he died so young.
"We have a close-knit family. We just stick together ... we're a close family, and that's what makes it so hard," she said.
Marcus' eight months on earth left a lasting impression on the family.
"He's just a smiling little angel. He's a beautiful baby, and that's how I'll remember him," Perdue said.
State Police say after Manns serves his two months in rehab at The Anthony Center, he will go before a circuit judge. They say he will probably be given one year of probation.
PEYTONA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A crime that happened more than two years ago caught up to a man from Boone County Friday.
22-year-old Thomas Manns of Peytona was arrested and charged with child neglect causing death. A grand jury's indictment came back Thursday.
State Police say on October 25, 2006, he left his 8-month-old son in a bathtub with a 2-year-old. Police say he turned on the water and left the room. When he came back, he found the baby face down and unresponsive.
Manns will be back in court next month for a preliminary hearing. Right now, he's in jail on a 20-thousand dollar bond.
Manns faces three to 15 years in prison if convicted.