Early Release of Inmate In Child Death Case

Posted at 6:44 PM, May 26, 2016

The early release of an inmate in a high-profile child death case has infuriated the victim's family. 

Police said the little girl suffocated in the backseat of a car and her daycare worker went to jail, but she's been released, and the child's parents couldn't believe it.

Jennifer Pomeroy was sentenced to five years in jail, but walked out of the Rutherford county jail early.

"I want to know why? Does five years not mean five years," asked Eric Adkins.

On a cold February morning in 2010 Adkins dropped his 18-month-old daughter Annalee Rose off with daycare worker Jennifer Pomeroy.

That was the last time he saw Annalee alive. "My child died in the back seat of a car," Adkins said.

Investigators in LaVergne said Annalee suffocated after Pomerory set her behind the driver's seat of her car and covered her with a blanket while running errands.

In court, she pleaded guilty to child endangerment and four best interest guilty pleas for attempted aggravated child neglect reckless endangerment, reckless homicide and attempting to file a false report.

"We agreed to a plea deal that she would serve 5 years, and Saturday morning I get a call that she was released three years and 8 months in," said Adkins.

Pomeroy faced a potential 25-year sentence had the case gone to trial. Adkins said it was tough, but, he agreed to the five-year plea.

He wanted her to serve every day for the loss of his daughter. "She gets to plea to five years and serves three? Does that seem fair to you," asked Adkins.

No one could tell him why the release happened early? Some have told Adkins a mistake might have been made.

The district attorney was looking into the early release, but Pomeroy was freed and on probation with unlikely chances to return behind bars.

Adkins said what happened goes to the heart of the "Truth In Sentencing" issue. He said it's time to change laws so time sentenced is time served.