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Akron: Mother gets life in prison for death of 17-month-old

3:41 PM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- A mother, 21, gets life in prison for bringing her son to boyfriend's house to live in rat-infested basement while there was meth cooking.

Judge Thomas Parker sentenced Heather Lerch, 21, of St. Leger Avenue in Akron, Ronald Legg, 22, of Akron, and Allen Kostra, 25, of Akron, for their roles in the death of 17-month-old Patrick Lerch.

Heather Lerch was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 22 years. Ronald Legg was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 27 years. Kostra was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Patrick died February 26 after ingesting large amounts of methamphetamine.

Heather Lerch and her son Patrick moved into the home of Heather's boyfriend, Randy Legg, on St. Leger Avenue just days before Patrick died.

Patrick was kept in the home's rat-infested basement in the care of Ronald Legg and Allen Kostra, who were cooking and high on meth throughout Patrick's last days.

"The monstrous actions of these three individuals are incomprehensible. They sat back and did nothing while an innocent child suffered," said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

Kostra pleaded guilty on Aug. 16 to involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and illegal manufacture of drugs.

A jury found Heather guilty of murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering on Aug. 27.

On Sept. 21, Ronald Legg pleaded guilty to murder, child endangering and illegal manufacturing of drugs.

Randy Legg, 20, of St. Leger Avenue in Akron, pleaded guilty on Sept. 21 to involuntary manslaughter and illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs.

Parker will sentence Randy Legg at 9 a.m. Oct. 23.


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