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Cedar City midwife was sentenced on the charge of second degree manslaughter
by Holly Coombs Associate Editor Iron County Today
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A Cedar City midwife was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in 5th District Court in Cedar City by Judge James Shumate on the charge of second degree manslaughter after a twin baby she delivered in 2012 died soon after birth.

Vickie Dawn Sorensen, 54, of Cedar City, was sentenced with 36 months of adult supervised probation along with 180 days in the Iron County Jail.

Shumate made three conditions clear on the sentencing including:

No law violations

Do not engage in any action under the definition of midwifery with the exception of attending births related to her by blood

Signing papers for the sentencing

After the hearing final remarks from both attorneys and the accused, Vickie Sorensen, 54, of Cedar City, Shumate spoke of wishing the parents of the child were in attendance to speak of dollar amounts that might shed some light to a proper fine.

“However, I don’t know how you can put a dollar amount on such a tragedy,” he said. “I want to hear (the parents) on what would be an appropriate sentencing, but I understand their rapport.”

The judge continued to say that he has been asked to extend mercy, but questioned about the child that died and his family.

“What would seem just and fair?” Shumate said. “If I do nothing it would be ignoring eight jurors that concluded that manslaughter was committed.”

He continued to say that it is his job to pick the sort of path and in his 42 years experience he hoped to do so.

Prior to the sentencing Shumate initially sentenced Sorensen to one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison and one year in the Iron County Jail.

Shumate said the reason he did not sentence her to jail was because he felt that with the urgency of that evening she was charged for and for what had happened in court that day he did not see sending her to prison would be the proper punishment and understanding to her mind of the crime.

Regarding the sentencing he settled on, Shumate said “Is it a good sentence? I have no idea. Does it serve justice? It canders beyond my reach.”

He advised Sorensen to work with her family, probation officer and jail advisor to serve her 180 days in no shorter than 8-hour increments and as quickly as possible within the 36 months of her probation.
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