Woman who left infant in hot car pleads guilty to charges

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman whose infant son died after she left him in a car on a broiling summer day has pleaded guilty to charges.

The Zanesville Times Recorder reports 27-year-old Samantha Donohoe agreed Monday in Muskingum County to plead guilty to child endangering and involuntary manslaughter in exchange for prosecutors dropping a murder charge.

Assistant County Prosecutor Ron Welch says Donohoe called 911 on Sept. 4 because her 2-month-old son wasn’t breathing. Donohoe told investigators she forgot about him after running errands. Investigators say the child was inside the car for more than an hour.

Welch says the interior of the vehicle reached 130 degrees.

Donohoe’s attorney says her client is devastated by what happened.

Donohoe’s 1-month-old daughter died in 2017 from asphyxiation while asleep on a couch with Donohoe.


Information from: Times Recorder, http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com