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Olivia Faith Truax

February 11, 2011 - May 10, 2011
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When are parents going to learn how valuable a gift they have been given by God and STOP bringing people in to their lives who are not good for their children? Olivia was a happy baby, cute as a button and at the age of only three months old, she had no idea that she could do ANYTHING so horrible that it would cause someone to take her life.

Joshua James Piercefield was baby sitting his girlfriend, Jessica Truax's, baby when he got frustrated with her and started to shake her violently. Shaking Olivia wasn't enough and Joshua decided that he would drop Olivia on her head, on purpose. Joshua noticed that she was in trouble, but didn't call for help. Joshua put Olivia to bed and left her there. The next day was Mother's Day and when he noticed that Olivia was still limp and unresponsive, he STILL didn't get her any medical help, he went on with his plans for a Mother's Day trip with his girlfriend and Olivia.

Olivia was eventually taken to the hospital where it was determined that she had severe brain trauma, was admitted to the hospital and died a few days later at the University Of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital. Joshua was charged with murder as well as second degree child abuse. With a charge of murder against him, Joshua was facing a sentence of life in prison.

In May of 2012, about a year after Olivia died at his hands, Joshua James Piercefield, who was 22 years old at the time, entered a plea of guilty to second degree murder. Though life in prison was on the table, the judge said that his sentence would probably be a sentence of 18 to 30 years.

In May of 2012, Joshua, who was 23 years old by that time, was sentenced to 18 to 27 years in prison:

"Today's sentence hearing was the most emotional court hearing that I have witnessed during
23 year State Police career. The victim statement read by Jessica Truax, the mother of Olivia,
was one of the most impactful statements that I have heard, it truly detailed the sadness and
heartache that the Truax family has experienced since Olivia's death"
Detective Sergeant - Kyle McPhee



OBITUARY:

Olivia passed away at Mott children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. 

She was the loving and beautiful daughter of Jessica Truax.

She is survived by Grandparents Jerry and Lisa Carter; Aunt, Ashley Truax; uncle Jared Carter; great grandma Waneta Carter; great grandpa, Stanley Truax; as well as many loving great aunts uncles and cousins.

Taken from us far too soon. She brought more joy to our lives than we ever thought possible. We will miss you and love you always.

May God take our angel and keep her by His side, until we meet again, Olivia. You will be in our heart always. We love you.


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Death occurred in the state of Michigan

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