Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lawrence woman charged with reckless involuntary manslaughter in 5-year-old’s death

July 26, 2012, 10:37 a.m. Updated July 27, 2012, 10:41 a.m.


Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 25-year-old Lawrence woman with manslaughter in connection with the death of her 5-year-old child three months ago.

The child had ingested opiates before her death, according to District Attorney Charles Branson.

Rebecca Lynn Wynne

Rebecca Lynn Wynne

Rebecca Lynn Wynne is charged with reckless involuntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated child endangerment of two other children, ages 6 and 4. All three are Wynne’s children.

In a written statement, the district attorney said autopsy reports indicated the 5-year-old died after ingesting opiates during the evening of April 27. Branson said the alleged incident occurred at Wynne’s residence in the 1500 block of Delaware Street.

According to jail records, Wynne was arrested Wednesday afternoon at her home.

And Thursday afternoon, she appeared before a judge, who set her bond at $25,000 with the condition that she not have contact with the children, who are in protective custody. He appointed defense attorney J.C. Gilroy to represent her.

Lawrence police detectives and coroner Dr. Erik Mitchell investigated the case, according to the court records. Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, referred questions Thursday morning to Branson’s office.

Wynne’s mother, Teresa Wynne, said Thursday morning she could not comment about specifics of the case, but she defended her daughter.

“Rebecca would never hurt her kids, ever,” she said.

Wynne is next scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 2.

Reporter Andy Hyland contributed to this story.


cheeseburger 5 years, 11 months ago

"Rebecca would never hurt her kids, ever,” she said.

But she did.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 11 months ago

On these types of things I hate to speculate, so let the legal process do it's thing.

headdoctor 5 years, 11 months ago

I see the LJW reporting is about as accurate as their paper delivery. It wasn't a 5 year old daughter, it was a boy.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

There's that pesky Constitution getting in the way again. But, some people apparently believe that they are above the law. I have noticed that.

Clipped from Amendment 5 of the Constitution of the United States of America:
"nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law"

In its entirety: Amendment 5 - Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months ago

Ron, you should realize that we posters in this forum have no ability to deprive this person of anything. We do not possess the power to deprive life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. We cannot imprison this person nor can we take her property. We have no power whatsoever. Therefore, she is not guaranteed a presumption of innocence in this forum. That guarantee is reserved for the courtroom, where she is at risk of loss of life and liberty. Should I find myself in that forum, in that courtroom, I will swear an oath to grant her that presumption of innocence until such a time as all 12 jurors declare otherwise. But in this forum, no such oath, no such guarantee must be granted.

Kat Christian 5 years, 11 months ago

I knew Becca and she would NEVER do anything purposely to hurt her children. She loved them with all her heart and is a good mother. She took very good care of her children and they were very happy kids. I know she is devastated over the loss of her son. He was such a cute little guy too. This is a travesty and I'm so upset about it. You have my support Becca.

Kat Christian 5 years, 11 months ago

"Rebecca would never hurt her kids, ever,” she said.

But she did.

Not purposely...Becca would NEVER intentionally hurt her children. It was an unfortuate accident and accidents happen with children no matter how caucious we are or how safe we make our was an accident.

coolmom 5 years, 10 months ago

i feel bad that child died but ingestion of opiates is not being a good mother sorry.

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