Woman gets 30 months for killing one-month-old son

Shelby Herchak. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI AGENCY)

Shelby Herchak. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI AGENCY)

Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:16 PM ET

CALGARY -- Killing her baby after a night of drinking with friends has landed a Calgary woman a five-and-a-half-year prison term.

But because of credit for pre-trial custody, Shelby Herchak will only have to serve an additional 30 months, a judge said Tuesday.

That's not enough, suggested Herchak's great aunt Susan Lloyd, who wasn't convinced the punishment will send the killer a strong enough message.

"I think it's awfully low," said Lloyd, who earlier provided the only victim impact statement presented on behalf of little Daniel Herchak.

"I would've like to see eight years," she said. "She would've been more mature (at release)."

Justice Kristine Eidsvik said Herchak's killing of her nearly one-month-old newborn almost four years ago fit into the mid-range category of manslaughters.

Crown prosecutor Dan Brunnen had sought a sentence of up to eight years for the killing of 26-day-old baby Daniel at Herchak's hands, suggesting it was a near murder.


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