Mom Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter, Not Murder In Boy's Death

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

An Onawa, Iowa woman was found guilty Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 15-month-old son.

District Judge Jeffrey Neary said in a ruling that the actions of 25-year-old Ashley Cameron did not rise to the level of murder. She was also convicted of child endangerment causing the death of a child.

Cameron faced a first-degree murder charge in the death of Markis Dahms. She testified that she held Markis under a running faucet after he vomited. She later found him face down in the water.

Neary said in the 19-page ruling that Cameron was negligent but never intended to cause Markis' death. Her attorney suggested that the boy may have had a seizure.

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