Woman charged with manslaughter in 2010 finally in jail



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Posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 28 at 7:21 PM

BURNET COUNTY, Texas -- It's been nearly two-and-half years since Lynda Mescher was sentenced to eight years in state prison for the death of an 11-year-old child. Now she's finally in the Burnet County jail, awaiting transfer.

Mescher was also handed five other sentences of injury to a child.

In January 2009, six children were staying at Mescher's horse camp when she put the children in the bed of her pick up truck. The children said she was doing donuts when the truck flipped, killing Brianna Plehn.

Brianna's mother, Pinky Garza, says the anniversary of her daughter's death on Jan. 19, was especially difficult.

"Having to go through the 19th and Easter. Brianna would be sweet 16 June 4th. She would get to drive her little green bug," Garza said.

Garza bought and drives the car Brianna had told her at age 11 she wanted, and it's lime green -- her favorite color.

Garza's son was also in the back of that pick up. She says she had no idea Mescher was taking them anywhere. She says she was told "this was a camp over, that they were going to roast marshmallows, that they were going to stay at her facility."

Instead, Garza says she found out from police that Mescher had taken her children, along with four others, to a movie then miles away to a recreation park where the children say Mescher was doing donuts when she flipped the truck.

"The police officers were asking me, 'Who is this? Who is this?' I would name the children. They said, 'Do you know how to get in touch with their mothers? She had nothing with her.'"

No parents signed waivers their children could go, and Garza says horse camps and other similar camps should have to abide by the same regulations as daycare centers.

She pushed for "Brianna's Law" after her child's death. She wants to make that push again.

Mescher has been in Burnet County Jail since Friday. There's no word when she'll be transferred to a state prison or where she'll serve the concurrent sentences.