Weber found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Staff Report

April 16, 2014

DARKE COUNTY – Scott Weber, 29, of Greenville was found guilty by the Darke County Court of Common Pleas of child endangerment and the involuntary manslaughter of his 16-month-old daughter.

The involuntary manslaughter charge is a felony of the first degree and carries a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison, while the child endangerment charge was a felony of the third degree and carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

The decision was determined by Judge Jonathan P. Hein, and not through a trial by jury.

The charges stem from an investigation indicating that Weber, along with Lauren K. Jones, 28, gave their daughter an over-the-counter sleep-aid, ZzzQuil, in February 2013.

The young girl was found to have died of asphyxiation, which was judged to have been caused by the sleeping environment and medication.

Weber’s sentencing is scheduled for June 5 at 2 p.m. Prosecuting Attorney R. Kelly Ormsby has stated that he will be seeking jail time for the defendant.

“Anything less than prison would demean the seriousness of the offense,” he said.