2, 2007 - March 28, 2009
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March 28, 2009, Christy Shaffer did what many
people do every day, she drove to McDonald's
and ordered food at the drive through window.
Nothing wrong with that, except that in the
back seat of her car, strapped into a car seat
was a 15 month old child, a beautiful little
girl, who Christy had beaten, who was now
dying and Christy would do NOTHING to help her
until she returned home later that night. I
don't know why, after all of the years I have
been telling these heartbreaking stories on my
site, it still shocks me to know that people
can hurt a child and then refuse to get them
help, but it does.
Guernsey was a happy, healthy baby girl, with
blonde hair, brown eyes a beautiful smile.
People who know her, say she hardly ever
cried. In December of 2008, Alissa's father
had died in a car accident and Alissa, along
with her siblings, was placed in the care of
her mother's cousin, Christy Shaffer. In early
January of 2009, Alissa began to show signs of
abuse in the form of unexplained hair loss and
bruising, four months after being placed into
the care of this woman, Alissa was dead and
the coroner ruled the cause of death as blunt
force trauma to her tiny head.
In the short time she was with Christy, Alissa
had been to the doctor at least 15 times. At
first, Alissa's Pediatrician thought there
might be some kind of a medical reason for the
condition she was in during these visits.
Alissa had an injury to her arm and it was
reported to the doctor that she had fell while
playing with the family pet. At that time, the
doctor noticed the bruises on her face and
decided to do some tests for Leukemia. Then on
March 3, 2009, he would call the Department Of
Child Services after his tests didn't show
anything that could be medically causing her
hair to fall out or the bruises that she had.
During this time, Christy did not allow
Alissa's mother to see her at all. In a
picture of Alissa taken during the time she
was with Christy, bruises can be seen.
On March 5,
2009, Alissa was taken to Riley Hospital For
Children in Indianapolis. A doctor there
found no medical explanation for Alissa's
injuries and decided that she must be
banging her head against her crib while she
Upon returning home on March 28, 2009,
Christy decided it was finally time to
call 911 and the emergency response team
worked for 45 minutes to try to save the
life of Alissa. At 9:54 p.m., they realized
it was no use and Alissa was pronounced
dead. Alissa was found to have many bruises
on her head as well as over her body. Inside
Alissa's mouth was an open wound about 1
inch in size, in the process of healing. It
was later determined that Alissa's hair had
been pulled out of her head and had not just
been falling out on its own.
was informed by a woman named
Krystal that before calling 911, Christy
called her brother, who was an EMT.
Christy didn't want to get law enforcement
involved if she didn't need to so the two
tried to revive Alissa, when they were
unsuccessful, that's when 911 was called.
June of 2009, Christy's indictment was
before the La Grange County Grand
Jury. The prosecutor, Jeff Wible,
presented two criminal charges for the
jury to consider. First was a Class B
Felony charge, neglect of a dependent
and second was a Class C Felony charge of
neglect of a dependent. How could this man
be so blind to what had happened to this
little Angel? NEVER
on the table was any charge even closely
related to murder, which was the real
cause of the death of Alissa. The autopsy
done on Alissa had shown that in addition
to the beating she had received in the
back of the car that day, Alissa had old
injuries that included broken bones and
her brain had lesions of trauma and though
Alissa had been prescribed medication for
of the medication was present in
toxicology reports. Do we even need to ask
where it went?
a painful death. Blunt force
trauma to the head that's a lot of painful
Christy plead guilty to the charge of
neglect of a dependent, in February of
2011. On May 25, Christy was given a
sentence of ten years for what she did,
though six of those years were suspended
for God only knows what reason. If Christy
behaved herself in prison, she would only
have to serve six years, they call that
little loop hole, good behavior. SHOCKINGLY,
on August 11, 2011, after serving only 77
short days in prison, Christy Shaffer was
released from prison and is a free woman.
Tyler Sprunger, Alissa's Uncle, had a
Facebook page called "77 Days For Murder"
and organized a protest for what happened:
fair for a 15 month old baby to go out
like that. The defendant in this case was
never tried for murder was basically given
a slap on the wrist"
Tyler Sprunger - Alissa's Uncle
woman should not be home with her kids.
She should be paying for her crime that
are drug offenders in this town getting
way more than this woman got for
Bobbie Tuttle - Resident
"I have two kids and if anything like
this had happened to one of my kids, I
everybody to come together to help me"
Kimberly Shephard - Resident
"I am here because I think the decision
for her early release is unjust. There
was not justice
for this little baby"
Denylle Lumbard - Resident
her sworn testimony, Christy had this to
acknowledge the opinion of an expert
witness who determined that Alissa
the result of blunt-force trauma, I
disagree with expert's opinion.
Even though I am not
personally responsible for nor did I
participate in causing any injuries to
Alissa Guernsey, I realize
that I am legally responsible
for providing timely medical
treatment while she was in my care
his friends, family and strangers say that
until Justice is served for Alissa, they
will protest, every
that she would have had to serve,
that she would have had in the first place
Friday at the Lagrange County Courthouse:
even justice. Alissa can never
be brought back but people deserve
to know that a
and until people know that, I will
B. GUERNSEY, 1 year old daughter of
Michael Guernsey and Kelli Sprunger
Saturday, March 28, 2009.
Arrangements by Weicht Funeral Home,
207 N. West Street, Angola.
Published in Fort Wayne
Newspapers on April 4, 2009
(AP) ? The Indiana
Department of Child
its part of a lawsuit involving the
death of a 16-month-old girl in
for the girl's mother, Kelli
Sprunger, told the South
agency has agreed to pay her
$150,000 for its alleged role in the
March 2009 death of her daughter, Alissa
a settlement," DCS spokeswoman Stephanie
"We were just waiting for all the
paperwork to be done ... I think
it's been signed by all
in a statement that the settlement
didn't assign fault, nor could it
reflect the value of a
died from unexplained injuries in
early 2009, a few months after she
was placed with Sprunger's cousin, Christy
Shaffer, by the DCS.
report said the child's medical
history indicated previous injuries.
The autopsy also found bleeding
inside the girl's skull, an
inch-long cut inside her mouth that
was starting to heal and multiple
filed the lawsuit in LaGrange
Circuit Court, but in June 2010, the
case was moved to federal court in
Fort Wayne. DCS was one of several
parties named in the complaint.
she didn't know how Alissa received
her injuries and denied striking the
toddler. Shaffer was convicted of
neglect and sentenced to four years
in prison, but released after
serving 77 days.
claimed the DCS caseworker assigned
to the case did not pay enough
attention to the frequency of the
girl's injuries. The caseworker no
longer works for the agency.
Likes, who represents
Sprunger, told the Tribune that he
considers a $150,000 mediated
settlement with a government agency
she plans to use the money to pay
for surgery for another of her
daughters, who is disabled.
November of 2013, Christy Shaffer,
who was 35 years old, possibly
violated her probation and if it was
proven that she did, she would have
to serve the remaining time of her
original ten year sentence. Christy
was charged with possession of
Meth amphetamine and maintaining a
common nuisance after her probation
officer was told about what was
going on in her life, each count is
stated that allegedly, two men who
had been arrested and charged
earlier in that month with felonies
that were higher level related to
dealing and possession, were
manufacturing Meth in Christy's
garage. While searching the home of
one of the men, his cell phone rang
and when the police officer answered
it was Christy who had called.
Christy later admitted that she had
flushed drugs down the toilet after
that call. A drug test confirmed
that Christy had Meth in her system.
Christy's children were removed from
her home and LaGrange County
Jeff Wible, said that the positive
test for drugs was grounds for
revoking probation and while it was
up to the probation department he
was sure that it would happen.
today's date, March 1, 2014, I am
unable to find any information about
Christy's case. I do not know if she
ended up back in prison or not. I
can only hope she did.
I have just learned that in
April of 2014, Christy's bond was
revoked by Judge Wallace. Christy
was sent back to prison to serve the
remainder of her sentence.
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