Early release for Ohio mother of child who died from exposure


AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old girl found unresponsive outside an Ohio home on a frigid February day has been released from prison after three months.

Tierra Williams had been sentenced to 18 months earlier this year, a sentence that sparked a community outcry given the loss Williams and her former boyfriend, Dariaun Parker, had already suffered.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty on Wednesday placed the 23-year-old Williams on probation for 18 months, required her to attend parenting classes and suggested she undergo counseling.

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The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the judge told Williams she had suffered a great loss and she was sure Williams had gotten the message.

Authorities said Williams found young Wynter Parker outside the family's Akron home Feb. 2 and told a 911 dispatcher her daughter was "frozen." Williams said she had left Wynter with her husband for two hours while out with their 4-year-old son.

Parker was sentenced to two years in prison following the child's death in 2018.