Woman Accused Of Child Abuse Enters No Contest Plea

September 5, 2014

Woman Accused Of Child Abuse Enters No Contest Plea

9/5/14 - A local woman whose infant son died has pleaded no contest to child abuse charges after earlier rejecting a plea deal from prosecutors. 25-year-old Heidi Lynn Kozlowski of Deerfield Township is charged with child abuse for living with her young children in what authorities called “deplorable” conditions. She turned down a plea deal in July, but yesterday she pleaded no contest to the charges. She is scheduled for sentencing on October 29th. In March, one of Kozlowski’s twin sons, less than three weeks of age, died after experiencing breathing problems. She also has a two-year old daughter. Authorities could not say that the poor living conditions were the definitive cause of the child’s death, and the child abuse charge relates strictly to the conditions she allowed her children to live in. Kozlowski told police her son was having a hard time breathing and she had been suctioning out his nose and mouth before putting the twins to bed at 12:30 that morning. According to court records, she said the babies were fine when her cousin woke up between 3 and 4am, but when she and the children’s father woke up at 5:30 am, they noticed their son was not breathing. Kozlowski’s cousin and paramedics attempted CPR, but were not unsuccessful. (TD)

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