Mich. Woman Sentenced for Drugging Child
Nov. 30, 2006
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) _ A suburban Detroit woman who admitted injecting heroin into her 12-year-old nephew and giving him and her 15-year-old niece heroin and cocaine was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Jacqueline Ellen Vuich, 26, pleaded guilty Nov. 2 to delivery of narcotics to a minor, first- and second-degree child abuse, maintaining a drug house and keeping a person younger than 16 in a home where prostitution occurred. She was sentenced Wednesday by Macomb County Circuit Judge Matt Switalski.
Vuich's daughter lived at a home rented by Vuich's mother. Vuich was visiting Jan. 24 when she injected her nephew with heroin as he ate dinner. He was treated for a heroin overdose at a nearby hospital.
Jan Ruby Catton, 47, Vuich's mother, was charged with maintaining a drug house and a house of prostitution, and with second-degree child abuse. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced Wednesday by Switalksi to two years' probation.
``She is probably not a good caregiver,'' Switalski said of Catton, who has lost custody of the eight grandchildren under her care.
``I am sorry,'' said Catton. ``I tried to help.''
Defense Attorney Timothy Barkovic said Vuich's upbringing was a factor in her behavior. ``All of this stemmed from the environment she grew up in,'' he told The Detroit News.