BUCYRUS — Mary Kinkead, 40, of Crestline was sentenced to prison Monday afternoon in Crawford County Common Pleas Court.
Kinkead pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony of child endangering, a third-degree felony of tampering with evidence and a first-degree misdemeanor of endangering children. Visibly emotional and often tearful, Kinkead appeared with her court appointed attorney, Tani Eyer.
In a separate case — but connected — Kinkead’s husband, Wesley Kinkead, received two life sentences for the rape and pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.
Before pronouncing sentence, Judge Sean Leuthold heard summaries from both the state and the defense regarding this case.
“I believe Mrs. Kinkead is remorseful,” Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Hoovler said. “She worked with our detectives and aided in our prosecution. But all she had to do was make a call to stop the torture and abuse.”
Eyer called the case “heartbreaking”. She told the court her client is remorseful and regretful.
“If she could turn back time and do things differently, she would, “Eyer said. “But that is not possible. She knows she was wrong and accepts responsibility for her actions.”
When asked if she had anything to say, Kinkead told the court she had really “screwed up.”
Leuthold told the court that no one believes Mrs. Kinkead participated in the abuse. He said she is not a pedophile.
“The monster, the pedophile, is serving a double life sentence in prison, right where he should be,” Leuthold said. “I’m sure everyone is sleeping better knowing he will never be able to hurt another child.”
Leuthold said he believes Kinkead was emotionally and probably physically abused by her husband.
“To a certain degree he sat at home perpetrating his evil while she worked to support the family,” Leuthold said. “The family, to a point, was held captive to his violence. I have some compassion for Mrs. Kinkead, but I have much more compassion for these poor children.”
“One call, one trip to the hospital could have stopped this and maybe even spared the youngest child from being hurt,” Leuthold continued.
Leuthold told Kinkead that it was a shame she could not rise above the abuse to get help. Leuthold then sentenced Kinkead to 36 months in prison on the child endangering charge, 24 months in prison on the tampering with evidence and 73 days in jail on the misdemeanor child endangerment charge.
Kinkead said she planned to file for divorce while in prison.
“Filing for divorce may be the smartest thing you’ve done in a long time,” Leuthold said.