(Sheridan, Wyo.) — A sentencing scheduled for today for a Sheridan couple found guilty of child abuse has been rescheduled to March 24 at 10:15 a.m. Michael A. Tibbets and Donna Gifford, both of Sheridan County, were found guilty
on three counts of felony child abuse each after a weeklong jury trial in
A pre-sentencing investigation is taking longer than expected, according to
the Fourth Judicial District Court.
According to court documents, the Sheridan Police Department began an
investigation regarding children who were subject to severe emotional
neglect and placed into foster care in May of 2014.
Incidents of abuse included feeding an infant under six months of age "joy
juice," a mixture of whipped cream and molasses, instead of formula, even
when the child was in critical medical condition; children reporting the
discovery of stars because they had been kept inside at all times; and
hypersensitive children without an understanding of right and wrong, social
engagement or even how to eat with silverware.
The children had been placed into protective custody in October of 2012.