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Pair plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in toddler’s OD death

April 17, 2019 GMT

IRONTON — Two Ohio residents pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter charges in connection to the overdose death of a 2-year-old.

Casey Jean Boggess, 29, and David E. Large, 37, both of Ironton, each entered a guilty plea to felony involuntary manslaughter in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, according to Prosecutor Brigham M. Anderson.

“This is a tragedy and an example of the consequences of drug abuse,” Anderson said in a news release. “An innocent life was lost due to the outright failure of a parent to care for her child.”

Boggess and Large were indicted in February after Boggess’s 2-year-old child overdosed and died as a result of being exposed to a combination of heroin and fentanyl on Jan. 27, 2019, at a residence in Ironton. David Large, at the time of the child’s death, was dating Casey Boggess and serving as the caregiver for her child.


The maximum potential penalty for involuntary manslaughter is 11 years.

Judge Andrew P. Ballard, on the recommendation of Anderson, sentenced both Boggess and Large each to10 years in prison.