Rayshaun Parson Given Minimum Sentence - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/16/07

Rayshaun Parson Given Minimum Sentence

Source: Curry Co. Sheriff Source: Curry Co. Sheriff
Mychael Darthard-Dawodu Mychael Darthard-Dawodu

Rayshaun Parson will spend the next 20 years in prison. 

In August, the Clovis woman pleaded guilty to kidnapping baby Mychael Darthard-Dawodu from Covenant Lakeside Medical Center on March 10th. Judge Sam Cummings gave Parson the minimum sentence. She faced anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.

Again, Cummings gave her 20 years without parole, followed by five years of supervised release.

Baby Mychael's mother was in the courtroom Friday afternoon. She did not wish to make a statement, but in the courtroom it appeared she teared up when Parson's grandmother spoke about Rayshaun's three pregnancies.

Parson's attorney called two of those pregnancies cases of pseudocyesis, or when the body is fooled into thinking it's pregnant. Parson also suffered a miscarriage.  Her attorney says Parson never received any sort of therapy after the losses, and says a mental health professional would have testified Parson was legally insane at the time of the kidnapping.

Prosecutors disagree.

"The defendant in this case, we believe, engaged in significant planning to kidnap this young baby, and I think Judge Cummings' response to her conduct is appropriate in this case," U.S. Attorney Richard Roper said.

Roper says Parson must serve at least 85 percent of her sentence. That comes out to around 17 years, meaning Parson will be in prison at least until she's 39 years old. The family has asked that she serve her time in Fort Worth.

We asked if baby Mychael's mother is happy with the ruling. Her attorney says she didn't say anything about being unhappy.

11/16/07
Baby Kidnapper's Attorney Speaks
Public Defender Helen Liggett says she's seen a complete change in Parson from the person she first met eight months ago, to the person Parson is today. NewsChannel 11's Justin Michaels has this exclusive interview.
11/16/07
Covenant Says New Security Measures Are Working
Rayshaun Parson is behind bars, but are babies safer at Covenant Medical Center now, than they were eight months ago. NewsChannel 11's Julia Bruck talks with Covenant's Vice President about the hospital's new security measures.

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