Parents Charged in 2-Year-Old Son's Suffocation Death

Two Pennsylvania parents are facing felony charges in the suffocation death of one of their triplets.

Justin Dwyer, 29, and Courtney Stash, 28, were charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in the April death of their 2-year-old son, Eion.

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The parents told authorities their son's tragic end began after he refused to stay put in his crib, according to PennLive.

Lebanon County detectives say the parents told them they weighted down a mattress with bags of rock salt that were tied to the top of the crib with bungee cords, according to reports.

Police say the parents subsequently found Eion unresponsive. 

Eion died and investigators say it was determined that he suffocated.

His sad death comes in sharp contrast to the celebration that accompanied his birth.

Eion was born on Christmas Day along with his sisters, who are identical twins named Claire and Avaree.

The triplets were a total surprise to Dwyer and Stash, who were nervous at first about the prospect of having three babies at once. But the community answered the call and donations helped ease the burden.

The couple won three free car seats in a Volvo dealership promotion and the family was showered with gifts from loved ones and co-workers.

The local Salvation Army also stepped in with a donation of three cribs, one for each baby. 

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Dwyer and Stash face multiple felony counts, including involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy related to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, conspiracy related to aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, conspiracy related to unlawful restraint, endangering the welfare of a child, and conspiracy related to the endangering of a child. 

A court date has not yet been set.

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