Girl convicted of the loss of life of a toddler discovered exterior Edmonton Church was given probation
A woman convicted of the death of a 19-month-old boy found outside an Edmonton church was given six months probation.
Tasha-Lee Mack and her then boyfriend, Joey Crier, were charged with second degree murder upon the death of Crier’s son, Anthony Joseph Raine.
The infant’s lifeless body was found outside the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Edmonton in 2017. Both Mack and Crier were found guilty of lesser charges of manslaughter on two separate trials.
Last year Mack was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for her involvement in the child’s death.
Her sentence was reduced by one year due to the difficult conditions in the detention center. She also received credit for her time served and therefore had five years at the time of her sentencing.
No “unreasonable risk”
In its decision last week, the Canada Parole Board said Mack had performed well on a number of programs, developing the skills needed for lifestyle changes “that should further reduce risk.”
“The board of directors believes that you will not pose undue risk to society on parole day until your term has expired under the law,” said a parole board document.
“Your release will help protect society by facilitating your reintegration into society as a law-abiding citizen.”
Mack’s trial heard that Anthony went from a chunky, happy boy to “skin and bones” within a few months. The court was told he was ill-treated before being fatally blown to his head and abandoned in church.
The judge said there was no evidence that Mack hit Anthony, but there was “a lot of evidence” that the boy was beaten in her presence and that she did nothing to stop it.
I don’t know why I did it. I am not. I love children.– Tasha-Lee Mack
In a statement in court, Mack said she couldn’t explain why she did what she did.
“I don’t know why,” she said between sobs. “It was like an out of body experience.
“I don’t know why I did it. I’m not. I love children.”
A dysfunctional upbringing
The parole board describes Mack’s upbringing as dysfunctional. She is said to have been raised in poverty and in the care of childcare because of substance abuse and her significant behavioral problems, including attention deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression.
The board also notes that she stopped taking drugs for these conditions months before Anthony’s death.
“The entirety of these diagnoses has left you incapacitated and incapacitated because you are relying on a state pension,” the probation authority wrote.
“They have a history of unhealthy intimate relationships, the most recent being arguably the most dysfunctional.”
The board also wrote that Mack was having a difficult time serving her pre-trial detention due to marginalization due to threats and assault in facilities where she lived.
“There were a few incidents on file, but none that required institutional fees or increased staff intervention.”
The document states that Mack applied for a release elsewhere where she would have family support, but was denied it on security grounds as her case received widespread media coverage.
She was given one day probation in a community housing facility and faces several conditions, including no alcohol or drug use, continued psychiatric treatment, and no contact with the victim’s family.