UPDATE | Pair pleads guilty in connection with 2-year-old's death

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IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 4/17/19 @ 8:13 p.m.
Two people pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with the death of a 2-year-old in Lawrence County, Ohio.

Casey Jean Boggess, 29, and David E. Large, 37, both of Ironton, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, which is a first-degree felony.

Investigators say the child overdosed and died after being exposed to heroin and fentanyl. It happened Jan. 27 at a home in Ironton.

Boggess is the child's mother. At the time of the arrest, Large was Boggess' live-in boyfriend and a caregiver for the toddler.

A grand jury indicted the couple in February.

“This is a tragedy and an example of the consequences of drug abuse," said Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson. "An innocent life was lost due to the outright failure of a parent to care for her child. Boggess and Large allowed the child to be in a position to get heroin/fentanyl and absolutely failed to care for and protect her child.”

Anderson recommended a 10-year sentence for both Boggess and Large. The maximum penalty for involuntary manslaughter is 11 years. Judge Andrew Ballard agreed with the prosecutor and sentenced each to 10 years behind bars.

Another person, Jonathan K. Rice, 34, of Ironton, is charged with corrupting another with drugs. Investigators say Rice was a friend of the couple.

UPDATE 2/28/19 @ 3:30 p.m.
Three people have been indicted in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy who drugs were found in his system, Lawrence County court records show.

Casey Jean Boggess, 28, and David E. Large, 37, both of Ironton, are charged with involuntary manslaughter. Investigators say Boggess is the child's mother and Large was her live-in boyfriend when the child died in early February.

Another person, Jonathan K. Rice, 34, of Ironton, is charged with corrupting another with drugs. Investigators say Rice was a friend of the couple.

Large was arrested after an autopsy revealed there were illegal drugs in the 2-year-old boy's system when he died.



UPDATE 2/14/19 @ 12:25 p.m.
A child endangerment case in Lawrence County, Ohio is heading to the grand jury to decide if there's enough evidence for the suspect to go to trial.

David E. Large, 36, of Ironton, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday.

The judge also reduced Large's bond from $100,000 to $75,000 cash in exchange for waiving.

Large was arrested after an autopsy revealed there were illegal drugs in a 2-year-old boy's system when he died. It's unclear what those drugs were, but investigators say the child was in Large's care at the time of his death.



UPDATE 2/11/19 @ 5:05 p.m.
A man facing child endangerment charges after a 2-year-old boy died while in his care appeared Monday in Ironton Municipal Court.

David E. Large, 36, of Ironton, was arrested Thursday after the incident on Jan. 27. The autopsy revealed there were illegal drugs in the boy's system when he died, though it is unclear what those drugs were.

Large, who was appointed an attorney on Monday, is due back in court at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 for a preliminary hearing.

He remains in custody on a $100,000 cash/surety bond.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/8/19
A man is facing child endangerment charges after Ironton police say a 2-year-old boy died while in his care.

Police say David E. Large, 36, of Ironton, was arrested Thursday after the incident on Jan. 27.

Police say officers responded to a child in cardiac arrest. The child was pronounced dead at an Ashland hospital and taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.

The autopsy revealed there were illegal drugs in the boy's system when he died, though it is unclear what those drugs were.

Detectives say the investigation is still ongoing and more charges and arrests are possible.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Ironton Police Department at 740-532-5606.

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