Stephanie Shirts Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse Charges
A Casper woman is now admitting that she caused physical harm to children.
Natrona County District Attorney Mike Blonigen says that 25-year old Stephanie Shirts has pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse, one count of aggravated child abuse and two counts of child endangerment meth.
The case started in middle 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 Shirts, along with Bobbi Humphreys and Jason Cachcart 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 was accused by prosecutors of burning the child’s face with a hot sauce pan, as well as shaking the child violently and smothering her, to get her to stop crying.
During search warrants executed on the residence, officers – with the help of a k9 dog – found and collected drug paraphernalia evidence.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek no more than 20 years in prison.
Shirts is being held at the Natrona County Detention Center, and will be sentenced at a later date.