Chillicothe woman faces involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with teen's death
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio —
Emotions were running high inside the courtroom where a mother faced involuntary manslaughter charges after she was arrested in connection with the death of a 17-year old friend of her son.
Sandy L. France, 33 was indicted on two counts of third-degree felony involuntary manslaughter charges on Friday.
Jason Bartley was found dead off an alley near the backyard of a Second Street home in October. Autopsy results show Bartley died from acute alcohol poisoning. Benzodiazepine, often used to treat anxiety, was also found in his system.
Prosecutors said France contributed to the delinquency of a minor and also committed a misdemeanor by buying intoxicating liquor for a juvenile. Prosecutors told the court France gave Bartley a bottle of vodka. ‘This defendant was given 20 dollars the night before finding the body to purchase vodka for the victim’s friends.”
Bail was set at $50,000. The judge ordered that France have no contact with children under 18.
Tammy Moore, the victim’s aunt said she thinks the teens with Bartley were afraid to come forward when he was showing signs of serious intoxication. “I think the hardest part was just knowing that they didn’t call for help when they could have. And they discarded him like he was trash,” said Moore.
There’s a memorial set up in the alley where Bartley’s body was found. Bartley’s parents said they are heartbroken over the loss of the boy everybody called “Boog.”
Moore said there’s a message to all families, especially during graduation and prom season.
“You think about it. That when you are the cool parent and everybody is at your house and its fun, and then something happens and what do we do?”
Bartley’s dad said the bail was set too low for France. “The 50,000 sounds like nothing whenever you are talking about a life,” said Bartley, Sr.