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PRESS RELEASE
08/17/2015
JEREMIAH JENNINGS PLEADS GUILTY TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN THE FIRST DEGREE AND ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN THE FIRST DEGREE

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, announces that Jeremiah Jennings of St. Robert pled guilty today in Phelps County Circuit Court, on a change of venue from Pulaski County, to Involuntary Manslaughter in the First Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree.  These charges stemmed from the October 2014 death of Mr. Jennings infant child in St. Robert.  Both of these charges are class C felonies and Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to the maximum of seven years in the Department of Corrections on each count.
 
The evidence showed that Mr. Jennings was left in charge of his infant son while the child’s mother went shopping.  Mr. Jennings drank alcohol while he was watching the child to the point he became intoxicated.  While intoxicated, Mr. Jennings placed the child in an adult bed on top of a comforter, an unsafe sleeping position for an infant.  In the bed, the child became entangled in the comforter and suffocated. Due to his intoxicated state, Mr. Jennings did not properly monitor the child.
 
“This case is tragic and there is no outcome that can fix the sad events of that day,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “Although this death was not from any intentional action, Mr. Jennings’ conduct was reckless in drinking alcohol and placing the child in an unsafe sleeping situation.  His actions, and lack of action, caused the tragic death of his son, and he is being held accountable for his conduct.”
 
“I want to commend the St. Robert Police Department, Department of Family Services, the Pulaski County Coroner and Dr. Keith Norton, the medical examiner, for the work on this case.  Their efforts allowed us to understand what happened on that tragic day and bring some justice to this case,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.
 
Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.
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