Family Crimes

Parents Kill Toddler By Putting Mattress Over Crib And Weighing It Down, Get Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

They were allegedly trying to keep their child from climbing out of his crib.

Two Pennsylvania parents were charged with involuntary manslaughter after they used rock salt bags to tie down a mattress to the top of their 2-year-old son’s crib, resulting in his suffocation, WGAL-TV reported.

Justin Dwyer and Courtney Stash were having issues keeping their son, Eoin, from crawling out of his crib, they later reportedly told investigators. 

To remedy this, they decided to place a mattress on top of the crib, held in place with bags of rock salt and bungee cords, according to police.

The couple later found the boy unresponsive, and medical responders were unable to revive him. 

A medical examiner found that the toddler died from asphyxiation.

Though the boy died in April, the couple reportedly turned themselves in this week. Their other children are staying with relatives.

In addition to manslaughter, they are charged with a host of felonies and misdemeanors, including conspiracy related to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, conspiracy related to aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, conspiracy related to unlawful restraint, endangering the welfare of a child, and conspiracy related to the endangering of a child.

Their bail is set at $250,000 each.

[Image: Lebanon County Correctional Facility]

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