Two brothers have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the meth-related death of an Akron toddler.
AKRON, Ohio - Opening statements are expected to begin Wednesday for a mother on trial for the death of her toddler son.
According to Summit County court workers, the trial began Monday for Heather Lerch, 21. Opening statements are scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Lerch is on trial for the methamphetamine poisoning death of her toddler son, 17-month-old Patrick Nicholas Lerch.
According to police, the toddler was found unresponsive in a drug house on Feb. 26. He later died at a local hospital.
The Summit County Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be methamphetamine poisoning during a period of neglect and abuse.
Lerch was charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, complicity to commit murder and other drug offenses.
Keep checking newsnet5.com for the latest on Lerch's trial.
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.