Preliminary hearing set for Thursday in child death case

February 13, 2019

IRONTON — Bond was set at $100,000 Monday in Ironton Municipal Court for an Ironton man charged with two counts of child endangerment after an autopsy showed a 2-year-old Ironton boy died in 2017 from a drug overdose.

David E. Large, 36, of the 400 block of North 2nd Street, Ironton, told Judge Kevin Waldo he didn’t have a steady job and didn’t have money to hire a lawyer. Waldo appointed Luke Styer, a Lawrence County attorney, to represent Large.

A preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.

The charge of felony child endangerment carries a maximum three-year prison sentence upon conviction, Waldo said. A $7,500 fine also is a possible penalty.

Mike Gleichauf, an assistant Lawrence County prosecuting attorney, said the investigation into the child endangerment case was ongoing and wasn’t complete. Gleichauf said the case could be presented to a Lawrence County grand jury later this month.

“There could be additional charges and there could be additional defendants,” Gleichauf said Monday following arraignment proceeds in municipal court.

Large was arrested Feb. 7 by Ironton police on a felony charge of child endangerment after Ironton police received an autopsy report showing the child died from a drug overdose.

Ironton police responded on Jan. 27, 2017, to an apartment in the 400 block of North 2nd Street about a child in cardiac arrest. The 2-year-old was taken to King’s Daughters Medical Center and subsequently died. The body was sent to Frankfort, Kentucky, for an autopsy.

A toxicology report showed the presence of illegal drugs in the child’s system, according to a news release from Ironton police.

Gleichauf said two child endangerment charges were filed because there also was another child of 8 or 9 years of age in the home.