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Boy suffocates after mattress placed on crib to stop escapes

5 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 August 23, 2017 11:42 AM August 23, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MYERSTOWN, Pa.- A Pennsylvania couple was jailed on charges they tied and weighted down a mattress on top of their son's crib so he couldn't climb out, leading him to suffocate.

Justin Dwyer, 29, and Courtney Stash, 28, were arraigned Wednesday on involuntary manslaughter and other counts in the April death of their 2-year-old son.

Detectives say the Myerstown couple was weighing down the mattress with two 50-pound bags of rock salt and securing it with bungee cords. A police affidavit says they did not mention covering the crib when interviewed.

Police say a few days later, their 8-year-old son told them of the alleged practice. Police say the boy suffocated when his head got caught between the crib and overlying mattress. The couple's lawyers didn't immediately return calls.

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