BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer email@example.com
Danielle Nichole Mailloux cuts a far different figure today than the meth-addicted woman who was sentenced in January 2012 for stabbing her baby.
She looks healthy, having spent the past 18 months drug free. She's met all the requirements of her sentence, including graduating from a year-long rehabilitation facility, attending parenting classes and receiving psychiatric counseling.
Judge Charles R. Brehmer, who has scheduled several status conferences over the past year to get updates on Mailloux's condition, said Wednesday that he doesn't believe another one is necessary. Mailloux will remain on probation for several years.
"Good luck to you," Brehmer said to Mailloux in Department 10 of Kern County Superior Court. "I hope you keep remaining in compliance."
Mailloux's attorney, Mark Anthony Raimondo, said his client now has a maturity and stability she didn't possess when he first met her in jail. He said there's no comparison to who she is now and who she was when she stabbed her baby.
"Her prognosis is optimistic, but guarded," he said.
Raimondo said Mailloux's two children are fine and remain in the custody of a family member.
Deputies have said Mailloux stabbed her daughter, Aubrey Ragina Mailloux, multiple times on May 15, 2011. The 6-week-old suffered stab wounds to her back, a severe laceration to the left side of her abdomen, cuts to her jaw and neck and bruising on the top of her head.
The baby recovered.
Mailloux's husband, John Mailloux, told deputies he was in the shower when Danielle Mailloux entered the bathroom and told him she'd hurt the baby, according to reports filed in court. John Mailloux found Aubrey underneath a sleeping bag in a bedroom closet.
The reports say John Mailloux told deputies his wife had started using meth again with a month of the stabbing.
Brehmer said when he sentenced Mailloux that it was clear postpartum depression was partly responsible for leading her to use meth again.
Mailloux gave birth to a stillborn baby in 2009 as a result of meth abuse, prosecutors have said. No charges were filed in that incident because the baby never lived outside the womb.