BERNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Berne father is speaking out after his ex-wife was sentenced to zero jail time after gagging his son with a sock.
“She tried to kill my son,” Nathan Hunt said. “There is no other way to feel. I was really angry.”
In October 2013, Nathan Hunt found his 3-month-old son, Junior, wrapped in a blanket and face down in a closet.
“He’s got yellow tape wrapped several times around his head,” Hunt said. “Instantly I pick him up and I turn him over and I see there is something lodged in his mouth and the tape is holding it in there so ripping the tape.”
Inside his mouth, Hunt found a sock. The person responsible, was the boy’s own mother. Hunt’s now ex-wife, Sasha Hunt, was charged with attempted murder and neglect of a dependent in an Adams County court. In May, Sasha pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted aggravated battery. Hunt said Sasha suffered from bi-polar disorder and postpartum depression.
“Whether she was in prison or at a hospital, where ever she went I just wanted her to not be able to get to me or the kids,” Hunt said.
Monday she was sentenced. Hunt said after talking to the special prosecutor working the case, Amy Richison, he expected Sasha to be sentenced to 10 years behind bars and 5 years probation as part of the plea deal, but that’s not what happened. Richison recommended a sentence of 12 years with 10 years behind bars and 2 probation. Instead, the judge sentenced Sasha to zero jail time and 12 years probation.
“I feel like we were really let down,” Hunt said.
Hunt said the judge’s reason for no jail time was because he didn’t feel like she would get the best treatment for her bi-polar disorder and [postpartum depression.
“I’m not too concerned that she didn’t go to prison,” Hunt said. “I’m more concerned that she’s just out free, you know, it’s disappointing. I don’t understand it. I don’t understand it at all.”
A Facebook page called Justice for Junior has been created, and 48 hours after his ex-wife was sentenced Hunt is still looking for answers.
“I don’t know what I can do or if I even have any options, but I don’t feel like enough was done,” Hunt said.
Hunt said Sasha is living with her parents. Their two children are living with him and Sasha is not allowed to have any contact with them.