NEWARK, Ohio — A Newark mother has been charged with manslaughter after reportedly rolling over on her nearly 2-month-old infant son, killing him.
Danielle Dush, 24, was indicted Thursday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; child endangering, a third-degree felony; and two counts of drug abuse, one a fifth-degree felony and one a first-degree misdemeanor.
According to officials, Dush is suspected of killing her nearly 2-month-old infant son, Caysen, after rolling over on him while both were sleeping in a bed together.
The Licking County Coroner's Office said Caysen died Aug. 8 of "asphyxia due to overlying," meaning the child suffocated. Caysen would have turned 2 months old Aug. 9.
Licking County 911 Center records show medics were dispatched around 9:55 p.m. Aug. 8 to the Rosehill Avenue home, and police were called to the scene about five minutes later.
On the 911 call, Dush tells the dispatcher "my baby's dead" and said he was not breathing. The dispatcher walked Dush through doing chest compressions until paramedics arrived on the scene. Dush said she was home alone at the time with the baby.
The indictment says Dush is suspected of being under the influence of alprazolam, the generic form of Xanax, and amphetamine and/or methamphetamine at the time.
Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt requested a special prosecutor be appointed to handle the case from the beginning because of a yearslong friendship with the Dush family.
Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien and her office will handle prosecution of the case.
Dush was taken into police custody Thursday. She is scheduled to appear for an initial appearance on the charges at 10 a.m. Friday.