Traci Carpenter guilty in child abuse death of 18-month-old daughter

Traci Carpenter guilty in child abuse death of 18-month-old daughter

February 26th, 2014 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

Traci Carpenter leaves Hamilton County Criminal Court with her attorney Lee Davis after she pleaded guilty to child abuse in the 2006 death of her 18-month-old daughter Sierra.

Photo by Todd South/Times Free Press.

Traci Carpenter has pleaded guilty to child abuse in the 2006 death of her 18-month-old daughter Sierra.

She faces 2-4 years in prison. The sentencing hearing will be on May 19.

Carpenter had faced as much as a 25-year prison sentence if convicted onthe aggravated child neglect charge.

Sierra died on April 27, 2006. An autopsy revealed bleeding on the brain, among other injuries. That evidence was used a year after the toddler's death to charge Carpenter, and Brian Rutherford, who was Carpenter's boyfriend at the time.

Rutherford faced a charge of first-degree murder. A jury acquitted Rutherford of the murder charge in a November 2008 trial.

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.