Whitman’s mother gets 3-4 years in prison for her role in the death of her 2-year-old daughter

PLYMOUTH — A Whitman mother has pleaded guilty to charges relating to the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

Shaniqua Leonard, 29, pleaded guilty in Plymouth District Court on Wednesday to one count of manslaughter and reckless endangerment of a child.

She was charged with the death of her daughter, Lyric Farell, in December 2019. Lyric was found unconscious at the family’s Washington Street home in Whitman on December 28, 2019. She was hospitalized in Brockton and Boston, but removed from the system of survival. the 31st of December.

Shaniqua Leonard, 29, of Whitman, is arraigned in Brockton Superior Court for manslaughter on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 in connection with the death of her daughter Lyric Farrell, 2, in December 2019.

Shaniqua Leonard, 29, of Whitman, is arraigned in Brockton Superior Court for manslaughter on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 in connection with the death of her daughter Lyric Farrell, 2, in December 2019.

“Detectives have determined that Farrell was in serious distress and in urgent need of immediate medical attention and that Leonard failed to take action and have the child properly treated in a timely manner,” the office said. from the Plymouth County prosecutor’s office in a statement.

Prosecutors previously said an autopsy determined that Lyric was bleeding behind his eyes and suffering from a hemorrhage inside his skull, dying slowly from head injuries that could only be inflicted with a knife. force equivalent to a violent car accident.

During Leonard’s arraignment in superior court in August 2020, Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Kenny told the judge that Leonard’s explanation for the death contradicted the facts surrounding the case. Kenny said Leonard showed hospital staff videos of Lyric collapsing and banging her head on the floor, after the mother tried to hold her head up, claiming the fatal injuries were the result of self-harm . However, neurologists and other medical experts said that could not be the cause, and one of Leonard’s six other children spoke to a therapist about his mother harming Lyric.

An undated family photo shows Christopher Farrell, of Boston, right, with his daughter, Lyric Farrell, of Whitman.

An undated family photo shows Christopher Farrell, of Boston, right, with his daughter, Lyric Farrell, of Whitman.

On Wednesday, the district attorney’s office recommended that Leonard serve 8 to 10 years in state prison, followed by five years of probation.

Judge Maynard Kirpalani sentenced Leonard to 3 to 4 years in prison, followed by five years probation.

The judge also passed probation terms requested by the prosecution, including that Leonard stay away from and have no contact with anyone under the age of 16 or witnesses in the case. Leonard was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and take parenting and anger management classes.

“Lyric Farrell was a perfectly healthy 2 1/2 year old who loved bubbles, her daycare and the colors blue and purple,” Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said in a statement. “She was loved, she was special and didn’t deserve what happened to her.”

Cody Shepard, Senior Enterprise Reporter, can be reached by email at cshepard@enterprisenews.com.

This article originally appeared on The Enterprise: Whitman’s mother sentenced to prison for her role in her daughter’s death

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