Woman guilty of killing boy, 3, in her care
WARREN — The woman accused of murdering a young boy under her legal care in May struck a deal Friday that puts her in prison for seven years.
Lynette Talley, 64, pleaded guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and then was sentenced in connection to the death of Amari Dewayne Allen, 3, before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay.
The sentence was a joint recommendation between prosecutors and Talley’s defense attorney, said Diane Barber, Trumbull County assistant prosecutor. The maximum sentence on the felony charge was 11 years.
Talley, 1135 Southern Blvd. NW, Warren, was indicted in June on murder, felonious assault and child endangering charges. The plea heads off a trial that was supposed to start Feb. 26.
Allen died May 8 at Akron Children’s Hospital in Summit County of blunt force trauma to his head, meaning it was struck by or against an object.
Talley, who was the boy’s legal guardian, claimed he was on the floor of the kitchen eating chicken and noodles when he began to choke and then fell backward, hitting his head on the floor, Barber said.
However, the medical examiner in Summit County ruled that scenario was not plausible, Barber said.
Bond at her initial court appearance was set a $1 million, an amount her attorney later tried to have reduced $250,000 because of her health. Barber opposed the request, arguing the seriousness of the offense warranted that the higher bond remain intact. Barber cited the strong evidence in the case and the fact the defendant gave conflicting statements to police and failed a stipulated polygraph.