Jackie Rolston sentenced to 28 years behind bars, 2 years probation

(Photo supplied/Elkhart County Sheriff's Department)

A 30 year sentence has been given to a New Paris woman responsible for the death of 19-month-old Kirk Coleman.

Rolston was sentenced Thursday in Elkhart Circuit Court to 28 years in prison and two years on probation.

After a mistrial, Rolston was finally convicted of battery resulting in the death of a child on Nov. 30. Authorities say she was responsible for the brain injuries that lead to his death.

Kirk Coleman’s family told The Elkhart Truth that they’re relieved justice has been served.

“Now we have justice for our baby,” said Coleman’s grandmother Angie Garza. “He can rest in peace.”

Initially, Rolston told police in Oct. 2014 that Coleman was choking on his lunch. But Coleman died hours later, and a coroner ruled he died of blunt force injuries.

Rolston was convicted of neglect of a dependent in a previous case. However, Coleman’s family wasn’t informed by Rolston of that at the time.

The family has since worked to get Kirk’s Law passed, which requires the creation of a database of people convicted of child abuse. That database must be up and running by July 1, 2017.

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