Two get 3 years in abuse case

Grand County parents get maximum prison sentence


— Two former Grand County residents received the maximum sentence in a child abuse case Tuesday.

District Judge Mary Hoak sentenced Michael Kelly Monahan, 29, and Nicole Marie Monahan, 22, to three years in state prison. The attempted child abuse charges were connected to injuries sustained by the Monahans' 5-week-old daughter in 2006, when they lived in Grand Lake. The two now have addresses in the Denver area.

The infant had more than 20 bone fractures, Carole Krohn said. She is guardian ad litem for the 14th Judicial District, which includes Routt, Moffat and Grand counties. As guardian ad litem, Krohn contracts with the district to represent the interests of children. Hoak hears cases across the district, including in Steamboat Springs.

The Monahans pleaded guilty in March to attempted child abuse, a class 5 felony that carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison. The two initially were charged, in April 2006, with child abuse, a class 3 felony. That charge was pleaded down by prosecutor Elizabeth Oldham, chief deputy district attorney for Grand County.

"The reason why is we couldn't prove who exactly broke her bones," Oldham said. The child "had numerous broken bones. We could prove that both parents left her in a situation where she did have broken bones, and they did nothing to get her treatment."

Oldham said she was satisfied with the sentence.

"It was a struggle about how to make an appropriate offer in this case due to the severity of the injuries," she said, adding that local social services staff supported the plea.

The Monahans have another child, who was about 18 months old at the time of the abuse charge, Oldham said. Both children have been in the custody of social services, Oldham said. There was no abuse charge related to the older child.

Krohn represents the children in a civil case and testified at the criminal proceedings in Hot Sulphur Springs.

"The parent-child legal relationship has been terminated," she said.

Krohn said that in court Tuesday, Hoak said she considered refusing the plea deal because she found the sentences too lenient.

"The message is that it's the responsibility of parents to protect their children and that parents who fail to protect their children can and will be prosecuted criminally," Krohn said. "I think that's what Judge Hoak's specific message was, and to grant these criminal defendants any more leniency than to accept the plea bargain is not something she was willing to do."

The Monahans' attorneys could not be reached Wednesday.


grannyrett 8 years, 11 months ago

What is more helpless than a child? Those that choose to have children have an obligation to protect them. It doesn't matter which one abused that child. They both are responsible for it. There is no worse crime than to victimize a baby. I can not put here what I hope happens to them while in prison, but it doesn't involve them walking out standing up.


80488mom 8 years, 11 months ago

I'm with you granny. Over 20 bone fractures in an infant and they only get 3 years???


bartender 8 years, 11 months ago

"It was a struggle about how to make an appropriate offer in this case due to the severity of the injuries," she said--prosecutor Oldham.

Why offer a plea agreement? What's so hard about it? These people deserve to have 20 of their bones broken one by one every year for the next 5 years while serving 10 years. I volunteer to do the breaking since the 5 week old can't do it.


unitedwestand 8 years, 11 months ago

I've been personally involved in the legal system for 5 years; a family case. The "leniency" of the system and the absolute favor to an abusive parent is gut wrenching. It has to be this horrendous to remove a child, most just suffer abuse that isn't quite bad enough for years until the abuse is so "provable and heinous" that even the system can't ignore it and then the abuser gets a slap on the wrist. I have a friend whose daughter was sexually molested and the abuser went home to another state, now it is too expensive to extradite and prosecute so the case was dropped, he goes free to molest again. My friend had to push to even get a report written up.......the local police chief, (not Steamboat), had a backlog of theft cases to address. BTW, the perp volunteers at his church's childrens summer camp.

Make no mistake, the system is not based on "right", it is based on perpetuating the system so the attorneys can make their money. You quickly discover that, oh, about 1.5 years into trying to get "right" to happen. Don't hold your breath for "right". It took 2 years to get this much "right" in this case.

Until we stand and demand change in this country this could happen to your family.


ekruoro52 8 years, 11 months ago

I'm glad the women got the same sentense as the man,for once!


ekruoro52 8 years, 11 months ago

I,m glad the woman got the same sentence as the guy,for once.


dave reynolds 8 years, 11 months ago

I agree with bartender.break their bones too..both of them (parents so called) as painfully as possible..remember the caining the american kid got for China.. we should enforce the same rape your casterated you molest the same things are done to you only more punish you bet for these sick freeks


grannyrett 8 years, 11 months ago

People that molest a child don't stop. They do it over and over. Those that abuse will do it again. One real good reason to inflict the death penalty. They wouldn't do it again.


love_boat 8 years, 11 months ago

Forced sterilization would be good too so neither one of these scumbags can create another child to harm.


Jason Miller 8 years, 11 months ago

But remember these people have rights too.(i'm being sarcastic)Lets just hope and pray someone upstate gets there hands on these two.Inside hurting a child is the biggest


justathought 8 years, 11 months ago

jester, it may be sarcasm but that's one of the major problems we have today, the scumbags rights over the victims. Criminals should have no rights and these people are definitely criminals. Too many activists that believe those in jail should be provided with all the amenities that half the working families can't even afford, and that a little therapy is going to fix these sorry SOB's. Newsflash, it ain't working, granny is right, they won't stop until they're stopped. Why does a "hate" crime get double justice and giving a 5-week-old baby 20 broken bones get a class 5 felony and serves 3 years (minus good time). Our justice system needs repaired badly and the first place to start is to get rid of these plea bargaining prosecutors and bleeding heart liberal judges. Castration, sterilization and a few broken bones of their own is what they should get, that might be a sentence they would understand.


steamboatsconscience 8 years, 11 months ago

just saw Quo Vadis last night. a little feeding them to the lions might be a deterrent


Hadleyburg_Press 8 years, 11 months ago

This is one of those situations that gives me hope that there is a hell, replete with eternal pain and suffering for just such people.


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