Humphreys Pleads Guilty To Three Counts In Child Abuse Case; Prosecutors Recommend 2-5 Year Sentence
One of the defendants in a child abuse case last fall pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts of endangering a child in the presence of methamphetamine, and one misdemeanor count of child endangerment.
Bobbi Humphreys cried as she told Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking that last summer she moved into the house where a woman she knew kept the drug.
By September, Stephanie Shirts, had already burned and shaken Humphreys' year-old-girl, but Humphreys did not take the girl to a doctor for treatment, she told the judge.
On Sept. 16, Humphreys had to run errands and left her daughter with Shirts, knowing of the previous abuse, she said.
Humphreys was 22 miles out of town when she got a call that her girl had been nearly suffocated, and drove back in 10 minutes to the Wyoming Medical Center's emergency room, she said.
Wilking accepted her guilty plea. The judge said the court is not a party to the plea and will wait until after reviewing the presentence investigation whether she accepts the agreement worked out between Humphreys' attorney Tracy Hucke and Assistant District Attorney Dan Itzen.
In exchange for her plea, Itzen dismissed two other felony counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and recommended a two- to five-year sentence in the women's prison in Torrington.
Humphreys remains free on bond.
The case started in mid-September, when Casper police were called to the Wyoming Medical Center about a one-year-old girl with severe head trauma.
The child had significant head injuries and was on a ventilator.
An officer also observed burns to the face and head, as well as multiple injuries in various stages of healing over her body
Officers went to a house on the 1700 block of South Fairdale Avenue, where Humphreys, Shirts and boyfriend Jason Catchcart lived.
They checked on other children in the house, who did not appear to have any injuries, and they were taken into protective custody.
Shirts and Cathcart are awaiting trial.