Two brothers have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the meth-related death of an Akron toddler.
AKRON, Ohio - A 21-year-old Ohio woman is standing trial this week in connection with the methamphetamine poisoning death of her toddler son.
Heather M. Lerch is one of four defendants charged in the drug-related death last winter of 17-month-old Patrick Nicholas Lerch.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that police found the toddler unresponsive when they answered a call to the house Feb. 26. He died later at a hospital. An autopsy said the cause of death was methamphetamine poisoning during a period of neglect and abuse.
Police said a methamphetamine lab was found in the basement.
Lerch is facing 13 felony charges, including murder, involuntary manslaughter, complicity to commit murder and drug offenses, in connection with her son's death in a suspected drug house.
A Summit County jury found an Akron mother guilty in connection with the death of her 17-month-old son who overdosed on meth inside a Goodyear Heights home.
Opening statements are expected to begin Wednesday for a mother on trial for the death of her toddler son.
A 21-year-old Ohio woman is standing trial this week in connection with the methamphetamine poisoning death of her toddler son.
Arraignments for four Akron residents took place today in Summit County Court of Common Pleas. Heather Lerch, 20 and Ronald Legg, 22, were charged with murder and felony child endangering. Randy Legg, 19, and Allen Kostra, 24, were charged with manslaughter.
The number of mobile meth labs has jumped 400 percent in Summit County since 2010, according to investigators with the Summit County Drug Task Force.
An Akron mother is charged with murder after her 17-month-old son died from a methamphetamine overdose.
The Summit County Medical Examiner said the circumstances surrounding the death of a 17-month-old boy are suspicious.