Anoka mom sentenced to 4 years in 3-year-old son's death - New York News

Anoka mom sentenced to 4 years after tearful apology for son's death

Posted: Updated:
ANOKA, Minn. (KMSP) -

Many tears were shed in court on Wednesday as an Anoka mother plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of her 3-year-old son.

The prosecuting attorney told FOX 9 News the case was the worst she'd ever been on -- and even the judge teared up during sentencing at Elizabeth Moorman's tearful apology.

"Between my staff attorney and I, we've never seen a woman so desperate to rewind time and go back and make different choices -- go back to a moment where she could've made a difference and had a different outcome," said Elise Chambers.

Moorman, 41, told the court she was sorry to everyone involved, adding that her addiction to pills clouded her judgment.

The charges stem from September 2011 after Moorman left her son, Devin, with her boyfriend, Tony Urban. Urban told police he was brushing the boy's teeth when Devin bit him, and Urban admitted to hitting the boy, who also hit his head on the floor. Devin later died of head injuries.

Urban pled guilty to second-degree murder and is currently serving his 15-year sentence.

"Both Mr. Urban and Ms. Moorman had a role in the unnecessary death of this child, and we felt charges against both parties were required," stated Tony Palumbo, Anoka County Attorney.

Moorman was charged with second-degree manslaughter and child neglect for failing to call police after learning of the injuries -- and for failing to find a suitable babysitter.

Some have said the 4-year sentence is not enough for the death of a 3-year-old, but Palumbo explained those are what state guidelines allow.

Doug Smeltz, Devin's father, told FOX 9 News watching the mother of his child be sentenced was one of the toughest of his life.

"I was just thinking about my son. My thoughts were always with him," Smeltz said, remembering the boy who he says, "smiled constantly."

Smeltz's impact statement was read aloud in court, and in it he apologized that he was not there to defend his son.

Now, Smeltz is working with domestic abuse programs, and said he plans to devote the rest of his life to giving back.

"That's my way of making sure this tragedy is somehow turned into something beneficial for everyone," he explained.

Smeltz said he even looks forward to speaking with Moorman and sharing stories about their son.

"I'm sure she feels more guilt than anybody," he said. "I think she will work hard in the future, and hopefully, when she gets out of jail, she will give back to the community as well."

In court, Judge Sharon Hall said she wished she had some profound words of wisdom for those affected, but she left by saying that as adults, we all have an obligation to speak up and protect children who can't protect themselves.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Bratton: 'not happy'

    NYPD identify suspects in raising of white flags at Brooklyn Bridge

    NYPD identify suspects in raising of white flags at Brooklyn Bridge

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:48:41 GMT
    The NYPD says they have identified the suspects for the major security breach that had white flags replace the American flags at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City, according to the New York Post. Police say they only know the suspects by nicknames, not their legitimate names. They are working on getting their names in order to bring the suspects in for questioning. The Post says nearly three dozen detectives were on the case. 
    The NYPD says they have identified the suspects for the major security breach that had white flags replace the American flags at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City, according to the New York Post. Police say they only know the suspects by nicknames, not their legitimate names. They are working on getting their names in order to bring the suspects in for questioning. The Post says nearly three dozen detectives were on the case. 
  • FAA ends ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv

    FAA ends ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:21:05 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv. The announcement was made late Wednesday night.The FAA had extended the ban on Thursday afternoon after its first ban went into effect 24 hours earlier. The decision was made after a rocket launched into Israel from Gaza landed near the Ben Gurion Airport.
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv. The announcement was made late Wednesday night.The FAA had extended the ban on Thursday afternoon after its first ban went into effect 24 hours earlier.  The decision was made after a rocket launched into Israel from Gaza landed near the Ben Gurion Airport.
  • Fire destroys stores on Long Island

    Fire destroys stores on Long Island

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:00:16 GMT
    A fire started in a shoe repair store on Long Island and destroyed neighboring stores on Thursday morning. Firefighters were called to Willis Avenue and Goodrich Street in Williston Park around 2:30 a.m. They believe the fire started in a shoe repair store and spread to the surrounding stores. Stores included a dry cleaner and a bar. 13 fire departments responded to the blaze. The fire is not under control yet. No injuries were reported. 
    A fire started in a shoe repair store on Long Island and destroyed neighboring stores on Thursday morning. Firefighters were called to Willis Avenue and Goodrich Street in Williston Park around 2:30 a.m. They believe the fire started in a shoe repair store and spread to the surrounding stores. Stores included a dry cleaner and a bar. 13 fire departments responded to the blaze. The fire is not under control yet. No injuries were reported. 
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices