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Parents Arrested After They Discover What Parents Did To Toddler's Crib

A couple has been arrested after one of their parenting techniques went terribly wrong.

Justin Joseph Dwyer, 29, and Courtney Stash, 28, a couple from Myerstown, Pennsylvania, have been charged with suffocating their 2-year-old son, Eoin. According to Lebanon County police reports, Mr. Dwyer and Ms. Stash suffocated Eoin by placing a mattress over the top of their son’s crib. The parents attempted to explain their actions, asserting that they had been trying to stop Eoin from escaping from his crib in the night.

However, Mr. Dwyer and Ms. Stash’s pleas fell on deaf ears after investigators discovered that the toddler’s mattress had been weighted down with two large 50-pound bags of rock salt and tied to the crib with lengths of bungee cord.

During an appearance on WGAL-TV, Lebanon County detectives revealed that Eoin died when he attempted to climb out of his enclosed crib and managed to lift the mattress enough to poke his head out. However, in the process of pushing his head out, Eoin expended his energy and the mattress fell on his neck. While he was stuck between the crib frame and the weighted mattress, the young toddler began to suffocate.

This is how Eoin’s parents found their son, unresponsive and slumped against the crib frame. Not realising what they had done, the horrified couple immediately called 9-11. In an attempt to save the toddler’s life, Ms. Stash took him out of the makeshift prison and tried to perform CPR in the living room. However, by the time the emergency responders arrived, Eoin was dead. According to WGAL-TV, the autopsy report explained that the toddler had died from “asphyxia due to entrapment between crib and overlying twin mattress secured by bungee cording.”

When police arrived at the scene, Ms. Stash told officers that she had found Eoin “standing/leaning and slumped over a top railing of his crib.” The police later discovered the rock salt bags and red bungee cord hooks near the crib. The morning after the boy died, Mr. Dwyer and Ms. Stash huddled together and talked about what happened to their son. Luckily, police overhead enough snippets of the conversation to build a case against Eoin’s parents, with court documents revealing that the couple was talking about how the weighted mattress held “the boy down on his neck so that he could not get out.”

According to the Daily Mail, both parents are facing felony charges for “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 endangering a child.”

Unsurprisingly, online commentators have slammed the behaviour of Eoin’s parents. “Poor baby. He never had a chance with these two imbeciles for parents. Rest in peace, sweet angel. I'm so sorry,” said a user named Lily Jameson. Another commenter replied in support: “I understand small children can climb out of their crib especially at night however their actions was completely negligent and really of poor judgement.. There are so many alternatives and they chose one that can be harmful/fatal. They will definitely serve time for this.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

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