Monday, December 30, 2013

Dad convicted in murder of 8-week-old son (Coshocton, Ohio)

Dad is identified as COREY LAFFERTY. According to our past postings on this case, this was another one of those "caretaking" father-working mother situations.

Father convicted in murder of infant son

Lafferty to serve 15 years to life

Dec. 30, 2013

Corey Lafferty changed his plea to guilty on the charge of murdering his infant son, Raven, in September 2012. Lafferty was sentenced to 15 years to life.

Written by Staff report

COSHOCTON — A grieving family said a murder conviction in the death of an infant will help them to heal, but they’re still not sure whether that’s possible.

On Dec. 23, Corey Lafferty changed his plea to guilty on a charge of murder, an unclassified felony, regarding the death of his infant son, Raven.

Lafferty received the mandatory sentence of 15 years to life on the charge. If ever released on parole, he would owe a $25,000 fine as well.

Lafferty originally pleaded not guilty to murder and a second-degree felony of child endangerment in November 2012. Coshocton County Prosecutor Jason Given said the child endangerment charge was dropped as part of a plea deal. The prosecutor’s office also agreed to make no comments or recommendations when Lafferty would come up for parole.

However, that wouldn’t stop other individuals from doing so. Raven’s mother Rachel Santos, and grandmother Laura Meske have said they will attend every parole hearing Lafferty will ever have. Both made comments in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court before Lafferty’s sentencing by Judge Robert Batchelor.

Raven was 8 weeks old when he died Sept. 28, 2012, at Akron Children’s Hospital. The Summit County medical examiner ruled the infant’s death a homicide caused by multiple blunt injuries. Raven was reported by doctors to have had three broken ribs, a fractured skull and severe hemorrhaging in his brain.

Santos said she was with Lafferty for five years and they also have a 3-year-old daughter, Lilly.

Lafferty is being detained at the Coshocton County Justice Center until his transfer to prison.