No Prison Time for Michelle Ann Ward

No prison time for the Quilleute Tribal member accused of failing to report her mother’s fatal abuse of 2½-year-old family member in Forks in November 2016.

      Thu Oct 11 News

29 year old Michelle Ann Ward  of Forks will be required to undergo up to six months of inpatient drug and alcohol treatment at a Spokane facility and two years of community custody.  She won’t spend time in prison unless she violates the conditions of her sentence

Ward’s mother – 46 year-old  Ramona Jean Ward  of Forks was sentenced June 4 to 26½ years in prison for death of Isaac Ward Martinez – who was in her care.  She pleaded guilty after her daughtrer agreed to testify against her.

Michelle Ward earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal mistreatment-domestic violence and solicitation to deliver a controlled substance, oxycodone, to her mother.

Investigators say the child had several new and healing broken bones, lacerations, bleeding in the brain and malnutrition when Ramona Ward found him unresponsive on the floor of her bedroom Nov. 9, 2016 after he fell off the bed.

The child was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, dying two days later, the cause of death being blunt force trauma to the head.