Sayre woman charged with manslaughter
A Sayre woman was arraigned Thursday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter following investigation into the May 2011 death of her five-month-old infant daughter.
State police also charged Janae Lynn Jennings, 31, with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment, according to a criminal affidavit filed by state police with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.
Police said that at about 10 p.m. May 1, 2011, Jennings put the infant to bed in a swing in Jennings' bedroom. Jennings went to bed at about midnight, police said.
After her husband woke up at 2 a.m. to go to work, Jennings placed the infant on her husband's side of the bed with a pillow behind her back preventing her from rolling off, police said.
According to police, Jennings woke up again at 6 a.m. to feed the child, again put her on the husband's side of the bed to sleep. Police said Jennings woke up at 10 a.m. May 2 to take a phone call and discovered the child was not breathing.
Jennings told police she failed to put a breathing monitor prescribed for the child around her chest before she went to sleep May 1, police said. The monitor was prescribed because Jennings' son had died at 27 days old, police said.
Police said autopsy results were received on Sept. 12, 2012 that determined the victim to have died from asphyxiation while co-sleeping.
Jennings was released from the Bradford County Jail on non-monetary bail Thursday. She is scheduled to appear before Judge Shaw Oct. 30 for a preliminary hearing.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.