Jury trial set for Fort Jennings woman in infant’s death


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



Attorney Alex Treece, left, and his client, Jessica McClure, stand in Putnam County Common Pleas Court on Thursday during a final pretrial hearing.

Attorney Alex Treece, left, and his client, Jessica McClure, stand in Putnam County Common Pleas Court on Thursday during a final pretrial hearing.


Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

OTTAWA — The jury trial for a Fort Jennings woman who has been charged with the death of her 2-year- old son has been set for July 15 to 17 in Putnam County.

A final pretrial hearing was Thursday in Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Kieth Schierloh’s court for Jessica McClure, 25, who appeared in court with her lawyer, Alex Treece. McClure is charged with four counts of child endangering and count one was involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony.

During the pretrial, Katherine Porter, Putnam County assistant prosecuting attorney, said the state proposed a plea offer. The state’s offer was a plea offer to one count of involuntary manslaughter and dismissing the remaining child endangerment charges. There would be a recommendation of nine years in prison or an option for the defendant to remain silent. McClure rejected the plea options.

Ottoville EMS and law enforcement were called to McClure’s Fort Jennings home on the evening of Nov. 7, 2018. When they arrived, her son, Matthew, was already unresponsive and pronounced dead after being transported to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center. In May, she was indicted on the charges.

During a pretrial hearing in May, her attorney requested her bond be reduced, as she did not have a prior criminal record. He said McClure’s children had been removed from the home and placed in foster care. He said for the children’s benefit, she needed to work, and he requested a pretrial work release.

Schierloh denied the request to lower McClure’s bond and continued bond as previously set at $75,000. She is currently being held in the Putnam County Jail.

Attorney Alex Treece, left, and his client, Jessica McClure, stand in Putnam County Common Pleas Court on Thursday during a final pretrial hearing.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/web1_McClure.jpgAttorney Alex Treece, left, and his client, Jessica McClure, stand in Putnam County Common Pleas Court on Thursday during a final pretrial hearing. Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

By Jennifer Peryam

jperyam@limanews.com

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