15, 2005 -
January 18, 2007
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April 15, 2005
to Ashley Egbert and Eric Jurisch, Tanner came into the world as a twin
brother to Trent and a younger brother to Izaak. At a very young age,
weeks old, all three boys were taken away from their mother and placed
in foster homes. The boys remained in foster homes until in either the
month of July or August of that year when they were returned to their
who was, by then, living with a man named Matthew Porter who seemed to
be a nice guy and was liked by the entire family.
good bye to
a loved one who has passed away is never easier. Harder still, is
good bye to a child who never had a chance to live the life they were
to live because they died at the hands of those who should have been
to protect and love them. An autopsy report shows that Tanner Jurisch
due to acute subdural hemorrhaging and acute subarachnoid hemorrhaging.
Tanner was only 18 months old and died by what is more commonly
known as "shaken baby syndrome".
January 17, 2007
Jessica Egbert returned a call to her sisters boyfriend, not knowing it
would forever change her life. Matthew Porter had called to tell her
Tanner was not breathing properly. When she arrived at the home she
him to call an ambulance. At that time, she had no idea what had caused
this condition in her nephew.
has a twin
brother named Trent and another brother named Izaak and both of them
there during this time. Jessica talked to Tanner while waiting for the
ambulance to get there. Matthew went in the ambulance with Tanner and
stayed with her nephews. How could she have known that the man she had
trusted was taking good care of her nephews, was the cause of the
that Tanner had suffered?
police told Jessica
they were going to take the two remaining boys and she tried to get a
her sister and ended up talking to the police instead. She
was told at
that time that her nephew was in surgery with a cracked skull.
Jessica joined her family and tried to tell them something was wrong
her nephew Izaak didn't want to go home with Matthew. When Jessica
her sister, mother and aunt she learned that Tanner's chances at living
were very slim and even if he did live, he would be brain dead.
January 18, 2007
Tanner became an Angel. Tanner is now another victim of the many cases
of abuse related deaths in children. Matthew Porter, who had originally
been arrested for aggravated then charged with second
was able to meet a $20,000. bond in August of 2008. In November of
Matthew was out on bond and under house arrest when he was re-arrested
for failing to appear in court on two different occasions. Police found
him at home resting on his couch. He had told his attorney that he was
that Matthew Porter is a flight risk and that he should never have been
able to bond out. Matthew Porter will go to trial in January of 2009.
can only hope that he will face the rest of his life in prison for what
he has done to Tanner and to his brother Izaak.
were once again placed in foster homes and it was later discovered that
Izaak had bruising to his skull from being punched in the back of his
As well as the skull bruising, he had cigarette burns on his neck.
charges were filed
against Ashley Agbert who was not home at the time of the abuse. Ashley
is currently fighting to regain custody of her two remaining children
at this time, live with their biological father.
guilty to first degree manslaughter though he claimed that it was an
because he was trying to get Tanner out of the way as he was trying to
discipline one of his siblings. Matthew Porter is facing life in prison
and will be sentenced at the end of January 2009. I can only hope and
that he will never be free to harm another child.
that Judge Merton Tice took himself off of the case of Matther Potter.
He didn't give an explanation as for why.
over the case and Matthew was given the choice to withdraw his guilty
he asked for time to think about it.
a plea of guilty, to first degree manslaughter. The new judge in his
Jeff Davis accepted his plea and will sentence him on March 24, 2009.
man sentenced to 30 years for killing toddler
Jeff Davis sentenced Matthew Potter of Rapid City to 30 years in prison
for the death of 21-month-old Tanner Jurisch.
more than two years ago from brain injuries.
guilty to first-degree manslaughter in January, admitting he tossed the
toddler towards his crib but missed as he went to discipline Tanner's
brother, Trent, and an older brother, Izaak.
charged with second-degree murder.
and the packed courtroom, Davis said he had no quarrel with the plea
because it "lets the healing process start."
will be eligible
for parole in 15 years.
him! <~~Added by the site creator with a TON of sarcasm intended!
out to Jessica for providing me with information to use in telling
story. My heart goes out to her and her family and to all of the
and children of the world who go through so much when abuse takes place.
UPDATE: August 22, 2010
I received an e-mail
from Sarah, stepmother (though I don't like
the word step) to Tanner:
Hi, I am Trent Jurisch
an Izaak Egberts step-mother Sarah. I thought I
would write you and give you and update on the boys and their situation. Their
father Eric Jurisch has sole
custody of the two remaining boys, Izaak and Trent. Their mother Ashley Egbert lost
all parental rights to her
remaining children, she was too incompetent to care and keep her children safe. We have
had the boys living in our
home for 3 1/2 years and Trent starts school this year. His progress in learning has
slowed down a lot since Tanner
was taken away from him almost 4 years ago. They love to talk about Tanner and
go see him at his grave site.
Tanner would of been a big brother to his new little sister leigha in March of
this year. I want to thank you
for remembering Tanner and letting the world know his story. If you have any questions
for me or anything else feel
free to write me back.
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