FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) – Vanessa Rincon was sentenced to life in prison for premeditated attempted murder Wednesday morning.
“It was awful, horrible. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone,” Delia Sanchez, Vanessa’s mom, told KMPH News. “She was in total shock about it, just trying to understand it. She didn’t understand the sentencing issues and how long she was going to be incarcerated.”
Vanessa Rincon, 30, of Fresno was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 11, to life in prison with possible parole for stabbing her 3-year-old son
“We feel that it was unjust just due to the fact that Vanessa had no priors,” Christina Esqueda, Vanessa’s sister, said.
But prosecutors say there’s no leniency for what Rincon did.
“As a result of her consumption of methamphetamine, she decided at that point to try and kill her child. She did that by stabbing him 25 times and then stepped out of her apartment complex and after that then grabbed him and threw him down cement stairs,” Bob Whalen, deputy district attorney, said.
And when police showed up, she told them not to help three–year–old Noah, calling him the devil.
“She was going through a very tough period in her life, post–partum depression,” Esqueda said. “Just a combination of things, like I said, just being depressed and having two children on your own, fathers not involved, just trying to live everyday life. It’s hard.”
Vanessa’s sister says they know she’s not innocent.
“I know for a fact that she’s very remorseful. I know that if she could take that day back, she would. But she can’t. So all she can do is try to make right and serve her time,” she said.
But one blessing to come out of this mess, little Noah is thriving.
He and his sister Adreena were adopted by Vanessa’s sister and brother–in–law and recently moved to New York.
But miles can’t erase the past.
“He understands. He knows what happened. He knows that mommy hurt him. But he stills loves her because he asks for her,” Esqueda said.
Vanessa will be eligible for parole in about 14 years.
Her family tells KMPH News, they will continue to visit her and talk to her on the phone as much as they can.
Rincon’s family says they also blame drugs for sending Vanessa over the edge that day.
During her sentencing Wednesday, the judge said her recreational use of “meth” was her downfall.
A Fresno mother was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with a chance at parole for stabbing her 3-year-old son and throwing him down a flight of stairs in May 2010.
Vanessa Deanna Rincon, 31, said nothing when her punishment was announced in Fresno County Superior Court.
Judge W. Kent Hamlin said the case against Rincon was tragic because she had no prior criminal record and by all accounts was a good mother.
He also said it was a miracle that her son survived the attack on May 4, 2010. The boy was stabbed more than two dozen times at their central Fresno home — a second-story apartment on the 3600 block of North Pleasant Avenue near Marks and Dakota avenues.
Rincon’s downfall was her “recreational use” of methamphetamines, which “undoubtedly affected her judgment,” Hamlin said.
Rincon was sentenced to seven years in prison for using a knife to inflict great bodily injury to her son and life in prison with parole for premeditated attempted murder of her son. That means she must do 14 years behind bars before she is eligible for parole, prosecutor Bob Whalen said.
During a trial last month, Whalen described Rincon as a manipulative mother who stabbed her defenseless son before throwing him down a flight of stairs.
When paramedics arrived, Whalen said, Rincon yelled hysterically: “Leave him alone. Let him die.” According to Whalen, Rincon later made a series of spontaneous statements, including, “I did this. He’s the devil.”
Rincon’s lawyer, Franz Criego, contended his client was in the midst of a psychotic breakdown when the crime happened. He sought a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.
On Dec. 12, the jury ruled that Rincon was not legally insane at the time of the incident and convicted her.
A relative has adopted the boy as well as Rincon’s daughter, who was 2 months old when the attack occurred. The girl was found unharmed in the apartment.