Traci Carpenter Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charge Of Child Abuse In Daughter's Death

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Traci Carpenter on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of child abuse in the death of her 18-month-old daughter, Sierra Carpenter.

She faces up to four years in prison at the May 19 sentencing by Criminal Court Judge Don Poole.

Ms. Carpenter had been charged with the more serious aggravated child neglect in connection with the April 2006 death.

She had testified for the state against her former live-in boyfriend, Brian Rutherford. A jury found him not guilty of murder charges.

The child's father, Josh Carpenter, died in a car wreck about a year before the death of Sierra, who had a number of injuries on her body when she was brought to the hospital.

Attorney Lee Davis said the decision was made "to plead guilty to a D felony rather than take a chance with a jury on an A felony that carries 15-25 years in prison. We felt that was in her best interest.

"Ms. Carpenter still maintains that she did not have anything to do with the proximate cause of Sierra's death."

He said the defense will ask that she receive probation.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AKRIDGE, CHRISTOPHER D     1812 SOUTH WILLOW CHATTANOOGA, 37404     29     Chattanooga          CRIMINAL TRESPASSING     CRIMINAL TRESPASSING     CRIMINAL TRESPASSING ASHLEY, MATTHEW T    ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLGOOD, KEVIN DEWAYNE     2001 E 12TH ST CHATTANOOGA, 37404     31     Hamilton County          FAILURE TO APPEAR BELL, MARCUS LAJUAN     2418 KIRBY AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37404     31     Hamilton ... (click for more)

An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Our’ American Minute

William J. Federer is one of the leading historians in the United States and every morning I am among thousands of people who get an entertaining email from him called the “American Minute.” I adore it because Bill takes a significant event in American history that happened long ago – but he remembers on the very anniversary of when it occurred. A great example is that last Thursday ... (click for more)

Prep Football Practice Starts Today

Coaches barking instructions, players blocking and tackling, quarterbacks and receivers working on timing routes and error-free handoffs to fleet-footed running backs.   In the greater Chattanooga area and throughout the state it can mean just one thing. It’s time for Prep Football 2014.   Today is the first official day ... (click for more)

Stars Sink Lookouts Sunday, 8-4

Huntsville, AL --- The Huntsville Stars erased a 4-1 deficit late in the game Sunday and scored a combined seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to comeback and defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts 8-4 at Joe Davis Stadium.  With the win, the Stars ended their season long five game losing streak. Recap Chattanooga starter Nick Struck who dominated the Stars over ... (click for more)