Mother Charged in Son's Death Will Serve 15 Years

Wynema Worley was once charged with wanton murder. A grand jury returned that indictment against her after she faced lesser charges in district court.

Police say she drove into Lake Cumberland in northern Wayne County with her son and daughter in tow. Her daughter, Misty, escaped, but her son, Dylan Rambo, did not and drowned.

Today as Wynema Worley learned her fate she had nothing to say to the judge.

“She goes, ’I don't want to say anything. I'm just going to take my punishment and I'm going to go in and serve my time and hopefully everyone will forgive me,’” said Worley’s attorney, Teresa Whitaker, from a conversation the two had prior to Tuesday’s Sentencing in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Police had evidence of a combination of drugs and alcohol in Worley's system the night they say Worley’s car plunged into the lake off the Cumberland Pointe Boat Ramp and overturned in the water. But the prosecutor, who’s only had the 10-month-case since January, says he still doesn't know exactly why it happened.

“What would cause a woman, or a man, to do this to their own children?” questioned Commonwealths’ Attorney Matthew Leverage to reporters outside the Monticello courtroom.

Worley's attorney maintains Worley didn't know the roads and that there may have been a problem with the car's brakes the night of the accident. Worley’s husband at the time of the incident told 27 Newsfirst at the time that the two had just had a fight. Then Worley grabbed her children, jumped in the car, and left their Pulaski Count home for Worley’s mother’s home near Nancy.

“Down in district court there was never any evidence there was intent to harm her children,” said Public Defender Teresa Whitaker of the charges Kentucky State Police initially levied on Worley, before the indictment.

In what could be described as an oddity in high profile murder cases such as this one, there were no family members of either Worley or Dylan Rambo in the courtroom during the sentencing. In fact, the prosecutor even said he tried on a number of occasions to get a hold of someone that was related to Dylan Rambo and he said he had no luck.

Matthew Leverage says Dylan Rambo’s father never returned phone calls or letters. No one told him what kind of punishment Worley should receive for causing the eight-year-old’s death.

“Maybe they just didn't want to have to face that and relive this in court when they've already lived it in reality once,” said Leverage.

The defense attorney says Worley is just as much a victim herself.

“I've never met with her when she's not crying. And that it's painful for her. She's not only lost the one son, but she's lost her daughter. She's not to see Misty,” says Whitaker.

So instead of murder....she pleaded guilty to manslaughter and wanton endangerment and she'll serve 15 years for both charges.


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  • by Janie Location: Kentucky on Oct 29, 2008 at 10:04 PM
    So many things happen on these little pills, when will they stop it? I mean the government and the drug manufacturers? When will they stop saying that these little pills that harm so many people and destroy so many peoples lives even if they temporarily make problems seem like they go away or don't bother us as bad, are not the best treatments. Tell NAMI NO! Tell them that someone wants it to change and wants it to STOP! Even though the consequences such as this from them trying to take over the mind of America will never ever go away or be forgotten. I hope Wynemma is okay and she doesn't let Dylan's death be in vain by continuing what caused it! The Elavil! The pills! And she knows it and has to live with it!
  • by Janie Location: Kentucky on Apr 10, 2008 at 07:03 AM
    I feel so sorry for her, I don't believe she meant to do this, I believe she loved those babies with all her heart, I also believe it was the drugs that were in her system, but when the court orders people to take drugs as a treatment there is something viciously wrong with that and I think the state holds some responsibility in all of this, it bothers me so much still. If anyone sees her please tell her she has to forgive herself first!
  • by David Location: Kentucky on Jul 22, 2007 at 02:15 PM
    It is interesting that the report says there was no intent to harm the children found when Misty made the statement that the killer made the remark that she was going to kill herself and her children on the night this occured. I hope Ms Worley gets a baby killer's (edited) at the prison she is sent to. Even crooks have morals.
  • by Janie Lee Location: Kentucky on Jun 20, 2007 at 01:37 PM
    I can't say all that I want to say right here, I just want to ask how many more lives does this so called "best treatment", that NAMI is pushing in our state, get to destroy. Wynema was on elavil a pyschiatric drug and that should not be covered over here. I could give you all some good information and possibly one or some story ideas, but you have to be willing to listen to me first. Here is a link to one page on one of my sites that you might like to look at (please do not post personal links in public comments) I am one of the only or few experts in this state on anti-psychiatry and there are others that are coming out even now. This anguish is not a mere coincidence it is a sham and a shame and it needs to be stopped. Please, I am available for anyone that would like to talk to me about any of this, I have already told as many in this state as I know how to. Not one more incident like these need to take place this needs to be stopped! Anyone can believe anything that they want to, but they can't just keep destroying our people with no proof for it. That is just wrong.

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