Demand Justice for the Murder of 15-Month-Old Toddler

Target: Judge J. Scott VanDerbeck of the LaGrange County Courthouse

Goal: Bring negligent guardian to justice for the death of a 15-month-old child

On March 28, 2009, a 15-month-old by the name of Alissa Guernsey was found dead by a blunt force trauma to the head. The investigation was ruled a homicide. However, her guardian at that time, Christy Shaffer, the cousin of the toddler’s mother, was charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent but released after 77 days. Please bring Shaffer to justice for the tragic death of an innocent child.

Shaffer became the guardian of baby Guersney after her mother was charged with neglect and taken away from her. During the toddler’s time with Shaffer, she went to a medical professional nearly 15 times. No doctors, except one, suspected abuse even though the toddler suffered broken bones, stitches, bruises, gashes, and lack of hair, which later was found out to be ripped out.

Shaffer was charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent but later the plea was dropped down. She received ten years in prison but six years were suspended. With good behavior, she was released after only 77 days. After some investigation, it came to light that the judge and prosecutor were professionally and personally linked to Shaffer’s father. Through this network, Shaffer was able to receive such a grossly low sentencing for the death and abuse of an innocent child.

Though the murder investigation was ruled a homicide, Shaffer was surprisingly never charged with it. The professional and personal ties that she possessed led to the corruption and injustice in her now famous “77 days for murder” sentencing. For the sake of justice and everything it stands for, she must be prosecuted for homicide. She did not merely neglect a child; she abused and killed her. Please properly prosecute Shaffer for the obviously premeditated murder of baby Guernsey. Her life was worth more than 77 days.


Dear Judge J. Scott VanDerbeck,

A 15-month old by the name of Alissa Guernsey was abused for months before she was tragically murdered on March 28, 2009. The most shocking and disgusting aspect of this case is the fact that her murderer was sentenced to only 77 days in prison. Though the murder investigation was ruled a homicide, Christy Shaffer, the murderer, was only charged with neglect of a dependent. Please uphold your promise and duty as a judge to the United States of America and seek justice for the cold-blooded murder of baby Guersney.

There are medical records from at least 15 doctor visits that vividly illustrate the grueling abuse that the baby went through, from stitches to hair that was ripped out. No child, no human should ever endure torture like this. A child who had no means to defend herself was killed through a blunt force trauma to the head. And because you are affiliated with Shaffer’s father, the murderer was given a simple slap on the wrist for her brutal attacks and murder of an innocent child. Do not stain our judicial system with your corruption. Do what you know is right—demand and enforce justice on Shaffer for her revoltingly brutal actions against a helpless, vulnerable baby.


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Photocredit: Justice for Alissa Guernsey via Facebook

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  1. And to think that many get long sentences or life in prison for drug possession, many of them very young. What kind of justice system is this?

  2. Beverly Beese says:

    I have never understood the light sentences given the abusers and murderers of children. They are the most helpless of victoms.

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