Stephanie Shirts, 25, is charged with four counts of child abuse, four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of aggravated child abuse. District Court Judge Catherine Wilking scheduled Shirts’ trial for Feb. 2.
Shirts allegedly rolled a hot saucepan on an infant’s face and shook the baby with enough force to require trauma care. She faces 65 years in prison if convicted on all nine counts prosecutors have charged her with. She pleaded not guilty in October.
Authorities also accuse Shirts of suffocating the 14-month-old girl with a blanket, according to an officer’s report. The infant was taken by Lifeflight in September to the children’s hospital in Aurora, Colorado, with a brain bleed and bleeding in the eyes.
She posted $100,000 bond earlier this year. However, Wilking revoked Shirt’s bond in October after the woman was arrested for shoplifting. Wilking reinstated bond at $250,000, and Shirts remains in custody.
Bobbi Humphreys, the infant’s mother, is charged with child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of misdemeanor child endangering.
A man who lives with Shirts and Humphreys, Jason Cathcart, 37, is charged with four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count each of felony and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.
Three other children, all under the age of 5, resided with Shirts, Humphreys and Cathcart at the time of their initial arrests. Police say the children did not have any injuries.
UPDATE February 29, 2016
A Casper woman is heading to prison after admitting that she caused physical harm to children.
Stephanie Shirts was sentenced to 18-20 years at the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk, after she 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 2014, 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.
Shirts’ actual sentence was 18-20 years for aggravated child abuse, and three to five years for each of the other four charges.
Those sentences will run concurrent with one another, or at the same time.