Charges Withdrawn in Death of 18-Mont...

Charges Withdrawn in Death of 18-Month-Old Girl Case

There are 18 comments on the WTAJ story from Oct 3, 2011, titled Charges Withdrawn in Death of 18-Month-Old Girl Case. In it, WTAJ reports that:

A mother no longer faces charges in connection to the death of her 18-month-old girl.

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sandy

Listie, PA

#1 Oct 3, 2011
of 18-Month-Old Girl Case

Full story: WTAJ

A mother no longer faces charges in connection to the death of her 18-month-old girl.
sandy

Listie, PA

#2 Oct 3, 2011
please let us morn our loved ones now. thank you.
BOB

Canton, OH

#3 Oct 3, 2011
sandy wrote:
of 18-Month-Old Girl Case
Full story: WTAJ
A mother no longer faces charges in connection to the death of her 18-month-old girl.
Can't find this story on the WTAJ website. You might be confusing your friend with Amanda Knox.

Will watch for the story tomorrow.
Louise K

Listie, PA

#4 Oct 3, 2011
Sandy is right, Please let us mourn our loss. I just Pray no one ever has to deal with what have been through these last couple months., If you could, please just say a little Prayer. We can use all the Prayers that are sent...

Thank you,
Louise "Stachel" Karla
Toni

Surprise, AZ

#5 Oct 3, 2011
Please just let this family mourn, they have gone through enough. Prayers and thoughts are with you all who are mourning the lost in the last cpl months!
truly amazed

Central City, PA

#6 Oct 3, 2011
The only charges dropped were the ones the mother was previously charged with. These were dropped because she has now been charged with the more serious crimes.

From www.wpxi.com

Mom, Boyfriend Charged In Somerset Baby's Death
Woman's Father Killed In Weekend Crash

Mom, Boyfriend Charged In Somerset Baby's Death

Posted: 9:19 am EDT August 11, 2011
Updated: 5:43 pm EDT October 3, 2011
URSINA, Pa.-- A Somerset mother and her boyfriend have been charged in the death of a 17-month-old baby.

Amanda Svenungsen and Cody Shartiger have been charged with criminal homicide and endangering the welfare of a child.

The medical examiner said that the baby died from being smothered and compression of the neck. The medical examiner also said that the 17-month-old baby suffered a fracture to her right arm and blunt force trauma to her head.

Police said the child died at a home in Somerset County on Aug. 5.

"It's heartbreaking,The photographs are absolutely heartbreaking," said trooper John Matchik. "We have the broken arm and then we have the apparent bruising around the neck, down the arms and chest of the child and it absolutely just breaks your heart."

Svenungsen, 22, was charged last month with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person after police said she failed to provide the little girl with medical care. Those charges have since been dropped since police charged her with more serious crimes.

"As a society we are evaluated by how we protect those who can't protect themselves and certainly an infant abuse case, an infant homicide case, is a serious offense. It carries with it very serious sanctions," said district attorney Jerry Spangler.

The child was at a hospital on Aug. 2 for routine blood work, and no injuries were observed at the time, police said. But two days later, family members said they were at Svenungsen's home and noticed bruising on the girl’s neck, so they planned to take her to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh the next day.

However, family members found the girl dead in her crib by 3 a.m., police said.

Spangler said police continue to investigate.

I do feel so sorry for the family and all the loss they have suffered recently. My thoughts and prayers do go out to them, but if Amanda and Cody had something to do with the death of this poor child, then they need to face justice. If Amanda had nothing to do with it, then she needs to come clean and start telling the truth.

My sympathies to the family of Baylee and her grandfather. I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you.
whatever

Johnstown, PA

#7 Oct 4, 2011
Toni wrote:
Please just let this family mourn, they have gone through enough. Prayers and thoughts are with you all who are mourning the lost in the last cpl months!
Those monsters do not deserve an ounce of sympathy, they deserve to rot in hell for what they put that poor child through. I can only hope the prison guards will turn their backs and let the other inmates give them what they deserve. Can you imagine what that BABY was thinking while her caregivers wrapped their hands around her neck and squeezed the life out of her while she kicked and struggled for air? And you are going to defend that? bullshit.
Louise K

Listie, PA

#8 Oct 4, 2011
whatever wrote:
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Those monsters do not deserve an ounce of sympathy, they deserve to rot in hell for what they put that poor child through. I can only hope the prison guards will turn their backs and let the other inmates give them what they deserve. Can you imagine what that BABY was thinking while her caregivers wrapped their hands around her neck and squeezed the life out of her while she kicked and struggled for air? And you are going to defend that? bullshit.
I don't believe they are speaking of Amanda & Cody..

It is the rest of us that are mourning. We also lost 2 other members of the family in a tragic car wreck over the weekend..
Carla

Listie, PA

#9 Oct 4, 2011
I am not defending Amanda or Cody I am defending the innocent family member's Cody and Amanda are not hurt by the words you write on here the family is and My family has suffered enough just have a little respect for the innocent ones and let us morn our loss.
Toni

Surprise, AZ

#10 Oct 4, 2011
whatever wrote:
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Those monsters do not deserve an ounce of sympathy, they deserve to rot in hell for what they put that poor child through. I can only hope the prison guards will turn their backs and let the other inmates give them what they deserve. Can you imagine what that BABY was thinking while her caregivers wrapped their hands around her neck and squeezed the life out of her while she kicked and struggled for air? And you are going to defend that? bullshit.
Their far from monster's asshole. If you knew the people you would think differently than what you are thinking now. I am friends with both individuals, and "I BELIEVE" that both people are getting wrongfully accused, and well judged by others! This is tragic story, and I don't care what anyone has to say, I know for a fact that these people are both VERY nice and would never hurt and/or harm a child or another person for that matter. Something is definitely wrong with this story!

I hope that these two get released so that they can mourn the loss of a loved ones, instead OF BEING ACCUSED FOR SOMETHING THAT THEY DID NOT DO!!!!
whatever

Johnstown, PA

#11 Oct 4, 2011
Toni wrote:
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Their far from monster's asshole. If you knew the people you would think differently than what you are thinking now. I am friends with both individuals, and "I BELIEVE" that both people are getting wrongfully accused, and well judged by others! This is tragic story, and I don't care what anyone has to say, I know for a fact that these people are both VERY nice and would never hurt and/or harm a child or another person for that matter. Something is definitely wrong with this story!
I hope that these two get released so that they can mourn the loss of a loved ones, instead OF BEING ACCUSED FOR SOMETHING THAT THEY DID NOT DO!!!!
I do know the people, well enough to keep my children away from them and their "kind" which would include you dumbass...
sandy

Listie, PA

#12 Oct 4, 2011
sorry that earlier news.
Toni

Surprise, AZ

#13 Oct 4, 2011
whatever wrote:
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I do know the people, well enough to keep my children away from them and their "kind" which would include you dumbass...
U only KNOW what you HEAR! He said, she said..
whatever

Johnstown, PA

#14 Oct 4, 2011
Toni wrote:
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U only KNOW what you HEAR! He said, she said..
I would say a dead baby speaks volumes to those of us who haven't snorted our brain cells away...
kim

Pittsburgh, PA

#15 Oct 5, 2011
Louise K wrote:
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I don't believe they are speaking of Amanda & Cody..
It is the rest of us that are mourning. We also lost 2 other members of the family in a tragic car wreck over the weekend..
well louise i feel bad for the innocent ones involved in this. it is hard loosing somebody you love. i can not imagine two at once in a tragic accident and a baby two months ago.
but do you not believe in you heart the drugs and flat out neglect and abuse killed the child? do you honestly believe the drinking and driving would not reach back and bite them in the butt? come on we all have done stupid things but there is a time in life a human has to grow up and be responsible. keep playing with the fire you get burnt. i am sorry for your loss but this would have been much worse if they hit a family and killed them. the was drinking the beer cans are laying where the car crashed.
once again i am sorry for your loss. i will keep you and your family in my prayers. god bless you and remember god only gives a person what they can handle you will get through this.
Joy

Mansfield, OH

#16 Feb 3, 2012
kim wrote:
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well louise i feel bad for the innocent ones involved in this. it is hard loosing somebody you love. i can not imagine two at once in a tragic accident and a baby two months ago.
but do you not believe in you heart the drugs and flat out neglect and abuse killed the child? do you honestly believe the drinking and driving would not reach back and bite them in the butt? come on we all have done stupid things but there is a time in life a human has to grow up and be responsible. keep playing with the fire you get burnt. i am sorry for your loss but this would have been much worse if they hit a family and killed them. the was drinking the beer cans are laying where the car crashed.
once again i am sorry for your loss. i will keep you and your family in my prayers. god bless you and remember god only gives a person what they can handle you will get through this.
KIM... I think all our family was trying to say is let us all mourn over our losses... for petes sake.. grow the fuck up and clean your own closet. I think we all came to our own conclusions about what happened and how we lost our loved ones... just a good god damn thing no one puts their real names on here or you would all be confronted by me... who are you to think you are better than the next person?? I love how people sit behind a computer all day and hide their identity.. morons..
Grow a set!
Joy

Mansfield, OH

#17 Feb 3, 2012
That was my brother and cousin that passed away and I loved them no matter what happened...
missing dj

Hooversville, PA

#18 Feb 6, 2012
Joy wrote:
That was my brother and cousin that passed away and I loved them no matter what happened...
time heals and it will take alot of time,trust me it took me 5 years to start living again.i had alot of pain,anger and hurt when my brother was killed and i still think of him,every day.it's not easy.i knew dj ,not rick,but they were not out to hurt any one just another weekend,dui is a bad thing and alot of us are guilty of it and you are right to say that people need to sweep off thier own back porch before they judge others. gotta go

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