GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A mother accused in the starvation death of her 10-month-old daughter pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree murder and second-degree child abuse.
As part of a plea agreement, Tatiana Fusari will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.
Their daughter, Mary, was born at 6 pounds and 14 ounces. She weighed 8 pounds when she died on Aug. 2, 2018, which is 1 pound and 2 ounces more than when she was born 10 months earlier.
The baby was found dead around 10 a.m. after being put to bed around 3 p.m. the day before.
Welch allegedly waited 90 minutes after Fusari discovered the deceased child to call 911 telling a dispatcher that the child was “dead as a doorknob.”
Mary was their third child. A year ago, Fusari gave birth to a fourth child, a son, as she was in jail awaiting trial.