An Indiana mother has been ordered to serve the maximum sentence for neglect of a dependent charge in connection with the 2018 death of her 2-year-old son.
Nicole Wihebrink, 30, had pleaded guilty to the charges in order to avoid her older son’s testimony in the case. She was sentenced to 30 years behind bars on Wednesday.
According to prosecutors, Wihebrink was intoxicated when she left the toddler, Jaxon Stults wander outside the home and climb into her parked car where he was later found dead from high temperatures: “She left her 2-year-old son to fend for himself. He put his rain boots on and like most 2-year-olds, on the wrong feet, and somehow got into the back seat of her car, sealing his fate. He couldn’t get out and die from the heat.”