Are people getting dumber or am I just getting more jaded? Sherri J. Lohnstein, 34 of Foley, Missouri is back in court today to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter by drinking so much that her baby girl who she named Zreanna, was pronounced dead shortly after birth. The baby had a blood alcohol level of .17; Sherri had a blood alcohol level of .18 while the legal limit in Missouri is .08. Now this is a crying shame. I have no sympathy, mercy or whatever for people who make a choice to take drugs and alcohol thus killing their babies. I don’t think I even agree with the involuntary manslaughter charge, hell she knew full well that she should not be out getting extremely drunk while with child. I feel that this is just another in a long line of parents who are using stupidity as an excuse for the reasons they have injured or killed their children.
According to Dr. Mary Case, St. Charles County medical examiner, the determination for the baby’s death had been caused by acute intoxication. At the level that she and the baby were intoxicated she had to have been consuming some sort of hard liquor in which she drank at least 6 drinks over the course of about 3 to 4 hours according to the dui laws calculator. So this crazy mom was doing some serious drinking and I am sorry she knew full well that she was pregnant as she was in her third trimester of pregnancy. So she has no excuse and I don’t even want to hear the fact that she may have been an alcoholic etc. It doesn’t matter if you are an alcoholic get help or don’t get pregnant and if you do then get the help you need.
She posted bond and acting on her own, Lohnstein told Circuit Judge Nancy Schneider on Aug. 28 that she planned to plead guilty in exchange for a five-year prison sentence under an agreement with prosecutors. But the judge had the public defenders office to represent her even though they had previously withdrawn as counsel. She broke into tears in the court room, but I think that she should have been this thoughtful before she decided to go out and get hammered while pregnant. I hope they sincerely throw the book at this woman and hopefully she will be lesson to the next mother thinking about hitting the party scene. But, we all know that the next set of idiots coming behind her won’t learn a thing, because it seems that there is a never ending flow of dumb parents flocking in to do whatever it takes to make them ‘the dumbest’.