|A Dayton woman accused in the death of her child has been indicted at the Campbell County Courthouse for first degree manslaughter. (FTM file photo)|
Stacey Schuchart, 29, was indicted today for murder in the death of her 17-month-old son, Sean Buttery, Jr. She will be arraigned in the Campbell County Circuit Court.
|Stacey Schuchart is awaiting trial for manslaughter in the death of her 17-month-old son.|
On August 16, the Bellevue-Dayton Fire Department responded to a call from Schuchart that her son was unresponsive. She said the child had hit his head on the microwave. Despite efforts to revive him, the child was pronounced dead at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
After the coroner found severe injuries inconsistent with Schuchart’s claim, she was arrested on September 13.
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The woman’s three-year-old daughter was also home at the time at the family's residence in Dayton, Kentucky. The coroner’s report stated that the three-year-old could not have contributed to the injuries. The child’s father was at work, and police have confirmed he was not at home at the time of the incident.
The coroner’s report revealed that the child had suffered traumatic injury inconsistent with hitting his forehead on a microwave.
Newport District Court Judge Karen Thomas read parts of the coroner’s report aloud. In addition to head and skull trauma, the child had lacerations, bruises and evidence of several recent wounds and injuries including a detached bladder and four fractures to the pelvis area.
The injuries were consistent with “the level of trauma you would expect in a serious car accident.”
The judge entered a plea for Schuchart of not guilty but denied a request from the mother’s public advocate for alternative monitoring due to the severity of the injuries and her past criminal record that included bail jumping and probation violations. Bond was set at $1 million.
Schuchart appeared in court on September 26, and initially was charged with first degree manslaughter. A Grand Jury changed the charge to murder. If convicted, she faces 20 to 50 years or life in prison.