LIMA — Shelly Wireman, the 26-year-old Lima woman charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her infant son on Easter Sunday of 2018, accepted a deal from prosecutors Wednesday that could spare her prison time.
Wireman entered pleas of guilty to two third-degree felony counts of child endangering in connection with the death of her son, Jaxxon Sullivan, who was just 18 months old when he died. In exchange for that plea, prosecutors dropped the involuntary manslaughter charge and an additional child endangerment count.
Wireman was released from the Allen County jail, where she has been held for more than a year and a half, after Judge Jeffrey Reed reduced her bail to an own recognizance bond. She faces a possible prison term of between nine and 36 months on each count when she is sentenced March 23, and prosecutors said they would not object to any sentences being served consecutively.
Reed said a prison term is not mandatory under the law and that Wireman will be given credit for any jail time already served.
A jury in March of last year found Wireman’s live-in boyfriend, Gabriel Salyers, guilty of murdering Sullivan at a Lima home on Easter Sunday of 2018. An appellate court has since upheld that verdict.
Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Juergen Waldick said following Wednesday’s hearing that while Salyers inflicted the blows that directly caused the infant’s death, Wireman was not without a portion of blame in the events that led up to Sullivan’s murder and that she needed to be held accountable.
“We also wanted to make sure she never regained custody of her other children,” Waldick said.
Sullivan was rushed to a Lima hospital from a home on Oak Street in Lima after being found limp and seemingly lifeless by first responders. The child suffered extensive head injuries and died two days later when taken off life support in a Toledo hospital.
Two medical experts testified during Salyers’ trial that the young boy died almost immediately after suffering violent blows to the head on that Sunday morning.
Salyers was sentenced to a prison term of 31 years to life by Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed. Prosecutors had asked for that sentence, and Reed complied after saying of the case, “They don’t get any worse than this.”