Brandy Blair of Lincoln, Nebraska was sentenced to 30-to-40 years in prison after her 22-month-old son, Christian Reifler, accidentally electrocuted himself after being left alone in a bedroom for 36 hours.
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the trail court’s refusal to give the jury instruction that included the offense of negligent child abuse entitled Blair to a new trial.
On a Monday, Blair fed her son, then put him in the room where he was later found dead. Blair then left and went to a neighbor’s house to smoke meth. She was gone all day Tuesday. Blair came home and checked on her son on Wednesday morning. Seven hours later she visited Lincoln’s Pawnee Lake without checking on Christian. Blair asked her brother and another person living at her home to watch the boy Wednesday evening. When they went to the room to feed him at 5:30 p.m., he was dead. The autopsy later declared that Christian died when the flow of electricity stopped his heart after he inserted a staple into an outlet. He was also severely dehydrated and malnourished.
Rules are rules, so I understand the court’s decision. Yet, the expense of another trial is a waste of taxpayer funds. Even with the introduction of the offense of negligent child abuse in a new trail, I hope those good Huskers will award Blair with another sentence of 30-40 years in prison.
And maybe add a few more years just for the hell of it.