Cahokia mother gets 16 years in prison for watching son's fatal beating
Starr Lohman was charged in connection to her 6-year-old son's 2005 death. Her boyfriend at the time, Lee Crutchfield, was found guilty on December 1, 2011 of the murder. Lohman received a plea deal to testify against him. By KMOV Web Producer
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV) – A 30-year-old Cahokia woman who stood by while her boyfriend beat her 6-year-old son to death in 2005 was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday.
Starr Lohman was sentenced Tuesday in St. Clair County. She’d already pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated battery of a child.
Ryon Smith’s body was found on the bedroom floor of the Cahokia home Lohman shared with her boyfriend, Lee Crutchfield. Authorities say the child had been beaten repeatedly and died of blunt trauma to the head and torso.
Lohman had been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, which were dismissed in return for testifying at Crutchfield’s December first-degree murder trial. Lohman testified she saw Crutchfield hit the boy 20 or 30 times before he died.
Crutchfield had argued the boy died after suffering an epileptic seizure. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
Lohman was given credit 6.7 years she served in the St. Clair County Jail while awaiting a final outcome in her case. That leaves 9.3 years remaining on her sentence.