Woman sentenced to probation for overdose death of toddler

June 6, 2020 GMT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been sentence to probation in the overdose death of a toddler who swallowed medication while riding in her car.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported that a Polk County District Court judge sentenced 39-year-old Amanda Roena Leonard–Hellum, of Waterloo, on Thursday for felony neglect of a dependent person.

Authorities said Leonard-Hellum declined to seek medical attention for the 2-year-old, whom she was trying to adopt, as she was driving from Waterloo to visit her boyfriend in Des Moines in June 2019. Police were called to the boyfriend’s apartment the following morning, and the child was found dead.


She was charged with child endangerment causing death, but the charge was reduced as part of a plea agreement.