Jessica McClure sits next to her attorney Alex Treece during her arraignment hearing. (File photo)
Jessica McClure sits next to her attorney Alex Treece during her arraignment hearing. (File photo)
PUTNAM COUNTY — “I think the sentence is appropriate, given the circumstances,” offers Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers, speaking of the sentence handed down last Thursday, August 15, 2019 for Jessica McClure. She had previously pled guilty on July 12 to one count of involuntary manslaughter, a first degree felony; one count of endangering children, a third degree felony; and three counts of endangering children, a misdemeanor of the first degree. For final conviction and sentencing, counts one and two were merged by the court.

McClure now resides in state prison, where she will serve a seven-year sentence for the felony charge of involuntary manslaughter. She was also sentenced to six month terms for each of the three first degree misdemeanor counts of endangering children. Those 18 months will be served concurrently with the seven year sentence.

“It was a tragic series of events,” Prosecutor Lammers continues. “I would like to think that if people could turn back the hands of time, they would do so. That this young boy would not have passed away in the manner in which he did. Lots of poor judgment, he shouldn’t have been living in those sort of conditions.

“People have to live with the consequences of their decisions. It’s a terrible tragedy. These sorts of things shouldn’t be happening, ever - not to anybody, anywhere, anytime.”

On November 7, 2018 at approximately 4:58 p.m., the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about an unresponsive child at 23090 Road Q, Lot L in Fort Jennings. Ottoville EMS and law enforcement were dispatched to that location.

EMS arrived on scene and the child was transported to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center prior to law enforcement’s arrival. The boy was pronounced dead at the Ambulatory Care Center. According to the Lucas County Medical Examiner, the child’s manner of death was probable combined drug toxicity. Toxicology results for the deceased boy returned positive for Trazodone and Pseudoephedrine. The coroner’s summary also noted contusions on the boy’s forehead and legs, as well as swelling in the brain caused by excessive fluid.

According to the court’s transcript, the factors found relevant in determining the seriousness of the crime for sentencing included, “Physical or mental injury suffered by the victim; [that the] victim suffered serious physical, psychological, or economic harm as a result of the offense; that [McClure’s] relationship with the victim facilitated the offence; and that the offense was committed in the vicinity of one or more children who are not victims and offender is a parent of one or more of those children.”

The court transcript also noted that, “[McClure] has shown no genuine remorse for the offense. [She] does show remorse for the loss of her son but not for her actions.”