Price of Meth: Accused toddler killer is sentenced for drug crime before arraignment

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Genevieve Meyers is seen Tuesday at her arraignment in Baraga County Circuit Court on charges related to the killing of her two-year-old nephew. Her trial was scheduled for May.

L’ANSE — The woman accused of killing her 2-year-old nephew in December 2017 is scheduled to stand trial in May.

Genevieve Meyers, 37, pleaded not guilty to murdering Walker Meyers at her arraignment in Baraga County Circuit Court Tuesday.

The charge includes a lesser offense of first-degree child abuse.

Meyers was also sentenced to concurrent six-month jail sentences Tuesday for unrelated drug and larceny charges.

Meyers’ attorney, David Gemignani, said the defense is considering asking for postponing the trial, due to the amount of medical and technical evidence.

“I think this is going to be a case that’s going to be very heavily dependent upon experts from the prosecution and the defense,” he said.

Prosecutor Joseph O’Leary said he agreed with Gemignani’s assessment.

“It’s an enormous amount of forensic evidence … I’ve had it a lot longer than he has, so I’m sympathetic to his position,” he said.

If found guilty of murder, Meyers could be sentenced to up to life in prison.

Meyers also received concurrent sentences for possession of methamphetamine, a 10-year felony, and larceny – $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a five-year felony.

Meyers made no statement at her sentencing.

Gemignani, said Meyers had a choice, either to remain on the path that brought her to the courtroom on Tuesday or create a better one.

“Looking at these charges here, and the state of mind at that point in time, the choices need to be made away from those choices into a different direction,” he said.

Judge Charles Goodman said non-drug users recoil when they hear some of the products often used to make meth, such as drain cleaner, white gas and engine deicer.

Use of meth will often lead to prison, Goodman said. Even when it doesn’t, he said, it often ends in disability and death.

“Nobody gets away with using illicit drugs,” Goodman said. “Oh, sure, they may not get caught, they might not come to court, but they’re not getting away with it. They’re destroying themselves.”

Meyers was given credit for 119 days served on the methamphetamine charge and 133 days served on the larceny charge.