June 21, 2021 - Emily HARTMAN Sentenced to 10 Years Prison in Death of Infant Child

On Friday (Jun 18), Emily HARTMAN (28), entered a plea of guilty to Count 1-Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child (F1), Count 2-Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell (F2), and Count 3-Possession of less than 20 Grams of Cannabis, in connection to the death of her infant son, Richard Wighard (14 months), on or about April 4, 2019.
As part of the plea agreement, Judge Jeffrey Mahl adjudicated HARTMAN guilty and sentenced her to 10 years in the Department of Corrections for Counts 1 and 2 (served concurrently), followed by 10 years of supervised probation. HARTMAN was sentenced to time served (795 days) for Count 3. HARTMAN was ordered to pay $2043.82 in court costs and other fees. The State dropped a single count of Neglect of a Child with Great Bodily Harm.
On April 4, 2019, HARTMAN appeared at a Melbourne Fire Station with her unresponsive 14-month old son who was suffering from heat related distress. The child later died at a hospital and an autopsy report showed he had suffered fatal heat stroke. An investigation by Melbourne Police revealed that HARTMAN left the child alone in a car for hours while she drank at a bar, smoked marijuana and purchased cocaine.
Plea negotiations began after HARTMAN agreed to accept responsibility for Richard's death and the drug and alcohol addiction that contributed to her actions. The State agreed to the 10 year prison sentence, plus an additional 10 years of drug offender probation that includes mandatory drug and alcohol evaluation/testing/treatment, home curfew, and no unsupervised contact with any child under 18 years of age. Violation of her probation could result in HARTMAN serving up to an additional 10 years in prison.
HARTMAN is being held at the Brevard County Jail awaiting transfer to the Florida Department of Corrections to begin serving her sentence.
Todd Brown
Media Information &
(321) 617-7310
Office of the State Attorney
18th Judicial Circuit
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson
Way Building D
Viera, Fl. 32940

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