A Bullhead City woman will experience the murder of one child, the birth of another and a taste of prison in less than one year. The roller coaster ride for Tania Grogan, 29, began early last September when her daughter, eight-year-old Bella Grogan-Cannella, was asphyxiated and buried.
Grogan’s friend Justin Rector, 26, faces a possible death sentence if convicted in the homicide.
Grogan learned she was pregnant shortly after Bella’s death. She and her husband Ralph Folster, and Folster’s mother were arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine from the same home from which Bella disappeared.
Grogan was released from jail on May 20 on a maternity furlough. Defense attorney Brad Rideout said his client delivered a healthy baby boy May 28 at Kingman Regional Medical Center.
Terms of the furlough require Grogan to check back into custody by Wednesday morning before she enters a plea agreement resolving her drug charges Thursday. Rideout said the deal with the state will result in a multi-year prison term for Grogan.
Rideout said Grogan’s newborn and an older sibling will be in the care and custody of family while Grogan serves her time.
Folster, 28, reached a previous plea agreement resolving his drug charges. He is serving a 20-year prison sentence.