OSWEGO, NY -On July 27, members of the Oswego County Sheriffâ€™s Office arrested Sara E. Landers, 22, of 216 Rochester St., Fulton, NY, on the charge of second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony.
The investigation started on July 5, when Sheriffâ€™s deputies responded to the report of an unresponsive infant in the town of Volney.
Further investigation determined that Mrs. Landers recklessly caused the death of her nine-month old child.
The cause of death was determined to be environmental hyperthermia by the Onondaga County Medical Examiners Office.
The arrest was the result of a collaborative investigation conducted by the Oswego County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Oswego County Coroner / District Attorneyâ€™s Office, Oswego County Department of Social Services, and the Onondaga County Medical Examinerâ€™s Office.
According to Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd, the infant had been left unattended in a camper.
Someone placed a call to 9-1-1 and reported â€œan unresponsive child,â€ he said.
The child was taken to the hospital where it was pronounced dead on arrival, the sheriff said.
The body was transported to the Onondaga County Medical Examinerâ€™s Office to determine the cause of death.
â€œIt was a waiting game,â€ the sheriff explained. â€œWe needed to have the information from the MEâ€™s office before we could make an arrest.â€
Mrs. Landers was arraigned before the Hon. James Aluzzi, Town of Volney Court and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bail bond.
She is scheduled to reappear in court on 8/16/10.