Murder-for-hire convict pleads to child abuse


WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — The Lebanon woman who served prison time for a murder-for-hire plot will serve no additionial jail time after pleading guilty to abusing her infant son.

Woman convicted in murder-for-hire plot charged with child abuse

Monique Earle, 22, formerly of Claremont, was charged earlier this year with child cruelty, accused of abusing the boy during a 2016 incident in Vermont.

Deputy Vermont State’s Attorney for Windsor County Heidi Remick confirmed Monday that Earle had pleaded guilty to child cruelty, and had received a suspended sentence of up to 18 months in jail.

According to court records, Earle told investigators that the child may have been injured when she and her then-boyfriend struggled for the child on April 30, 2016.

She pulled at the baby, and the boyfriend, Ryan Ramos, held onto the child, according to the records. Ramos later became a central figure in the 2017 murder-for-hire case.

A few days later the couple brought the child to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon where he was found to have a broken collarbone and fractures to his shins. Doctors determined the bone break was “non-accidental,” according to court records.

State officials removed the child from the home, according to court records.

Earle served prison time in New Hampshire after she pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and criminal solicitation to commit first-degree assault. She had been accused of seeking to hire someone to rape, torture and murder her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend in exchange for $500 and a designer purse.

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