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
In May of 2012, Joshua, who was 23 years old by that time, was
sentenced to 18 to 27 years in prison:
hearing was the most emotional court hearing that I have witnessed
year State Police career. The victim statement read by Jessica Truax,
the mother of Olivia,
one of the most impactful statements that I have heard, it truly
detailed the sadness and
that the Truax family has experienced since Olivia's death"
Sergeant - Kyle McPhee
Olivia passed away at Mott children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.
She was the loving and beautiful daughter of Jessica Truax.
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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