Lady sentenced to dying of toddler discovered outdoors Edmonton Church was given probation – Edmonton

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 boyfriend at the time, Joey Crier, were charged with second degree murder upon the death of Crier’s son, Anthony Joseph Raine.

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Tasha Mack was sentenced to the 8.5 year death of Edmonton infant Anthony Joseph Raine in 2017

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.

Anthony Joseph Raine can be seen in a photo from the RIP Anthony Joseph Raine Facebook tribute page.

Anthony Joseph Raine can be seen in a photo from the RIP Anthony Joseph Raine Facebook tribute page.

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Last year Mack was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for her role in the death of the child. 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.

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In its ruling last week, the Canada Parole Board said Mack had done 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,” a parole board document reads.

“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.

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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 she did nothing to stop it.

In a statement in court, Mack said she couldn’t explain why she did what she did.

“I don’t know why,” she said, sobbing. “It was like an out of body experience.

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“I don’t know why I did it. I am not. I love children.”

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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 made you incapacitated and unable to work because you are relying on a state pension,” wrote the probation authority.

“You have a history of unhealthy intimate relationships, the last of which is arguably the most dysfunctional.”

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The board also wrote that Mack was having a difficult time serving her pre-trial detention due to threats and assaults 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 filed for a release elsewhere where she would have family support, but was denied security concerns as her case received extensive media coverage.

She was given a day of probation in a community-based residential facility and faces several conditions, including no alcohol or drug use, continued psychiatric treatment, and no contact with the victim’s family.

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