Fort Jennings woman jailed in death of her child

By J Swygart -

OTTAWA — A Fort Jennings woman was taken into custody Thursday evening on allegations that she is responsible for the death of one of her children. She is also alleged to have endangered three of the victim’s siblings.

Jessica McClure, 25, was indicted Wednesday by a Putnam County grand jury and was secretly charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter related to the death of the child.

Putnam County Sheriff Brian Siefker on Friday said he had been advised by prosecutors not to release the name of the victims in the case at this time.

McClure is expected to be arraigned next week in Putnam County Common Pleas Court, the sheriff said. Bond for the Fort Jennings woman will be set at that time.

The involuntary manslaughter charge is a first-degree felony. Three of the four endangering children counts are misdemeanors and the other is a low-level felony, Siefker said.

According to an incident report issued by Sgt. Bryan Hoover of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 5 p.m. Nov. 7, 2018, the sheriff’s office responded to a 911 call claiming an unresponsive child was observed at 23090 Road Q, Lot L, in Fort Jennings.

Ottoville EMS and law enforcement were dispatched to that location, and a child was transported to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center.

The child was pronounced dead at the Ambulatory Care Center.

By J Swygart

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