Lawyer: "Excessive" Charge For Mom Accused In Disabled Child's Murder

A lawyer for a Michigan woman accused of killing her 9-year-old quadriplegic adopted daughter says a murder charge seems excessive.

Mark Clement represents Lorrie Thomas of Flint, who is jailed on six charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of Shylae
Thomas.

Shylae's body was found in a storage unit last week. Authorities say she was denied food and starved to death.

Clement says he hasn't seen police reports or talked to prosecutors. But in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, he says a murder charge doesn't seem to fit the case.

He says he talked to Thomas in jail, and "the person I met does not match the charges."

A hearing to determine if Thomas will go to trial has been set for May 6.


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  • by Barbara Location: beulaville NC on May 4, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    I agree with Chris. This child suffered and so should she. But no. In this day and time the suspect has rights. Well as far as I am concerned she lost her rights when she did this to a child who could not help themselves.
  • by Mary Location: NC on May 3, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    "murder charge seems excessive" The person who said this is out of his mind. Murder is Murder and should be dealt with the correct way. That girl couldn't hurt anyone, and now her adopted family treats her like this? Give us all a break, and deal with this like she had killed a person who could walk. This is HORRIBLE what this person is saying. Horrible~!~
  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 3, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    That's the lawyers opionion. Who cares what he thinks he is trying to save a person that killed another person.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 3, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    I agree that a murder charge is excessive. She should have been shot on the spot once her child was found like that! Better yet, She should be denied food and water until her trial takes place! We all know that it will take YEARS of legal wrangling to get this into court, a few months without food and water and she should be as good as new!
  • by Renee Location: Here on May 3, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    How is that not murder? If it looks like a duck,acts like a duck, & walks like a duck, well u know the rest. Its not necessary to look like a murderer in order to be capable. She deserves jail or worse!
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2009 at 05:19 AM
    Authorities say she was denied food and starved to death. No second-degree murder, does not fit the crime it should be first-degree murder and nothing less than her natural life in prision.
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