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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:35
Rebecca Steinmiller in court Tuesday morning. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A Bowling Green woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to an endangering children charge related to the death of her infant son last year.
Rebecca Steinmiller, 26, appeared in the courtroom of Wood County Judge Robert C. Pollex.
Steinmiller could receive up to three years in prison for the crime, a third-degree felony, when she is sentenced Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m.
The plea stems from the May 5, 2012, death of Steinmiller’s infant son, Carter, who was three months old.
EMS were called to her then-residence on Brim Road and attempted CPR on the boy, who later died.
Prosecuting attorney Gwen Howe-Gebers said in court that, had the matter proceeded to trial, evidence would have shown that the boy suffered a multitude of injuries, including 23 fractures of 15 ribs, burns on one hand and one foot, fractures to an arm bone, and skull injuries. The abuse had reportedly been ongoing since January 2012, the month of his birth.
The cause of death was found to be abusive head trauma.
Howe-Gebers said that Steinmiller did nothing to stop the abuse of the child, nor did she call the authorities.
Steinmiller’s husband, Brian Steinmiller, 32, Bowling green, pleaded guilty in September to one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of endangering children in the death. He is to be sentenced Nov. 22 at 1:30 p.m.
Rebecca Steinmiller’s bond was continued.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:27

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