Archive for Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lawrence mom guilty of manslaughter in death of her 5-year-old

November 1, 2012


A 25-year-old Lawrence woman has been found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of her 5-year-old child in April.

Rebecca Lynn Wynne pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless involuntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated child endangerment in Douglas County District Court Thursday. Wynne’s child died after ingesting opiates found in a purple plastic Easter egg on April 27 at the home of Wynne’s parents in the 1500 block of Delaware, according to prosecutors.

Lawrence police detectives and coroner Dr. Erik Mitchell investigated the case, according to the court records. Prosecutors said the coroner found the cause of death to be an overdose of morphine, and the child’s vomit tested positive for Oxycontin.

The two child endangerment charges involve Wynne’s two other children, ages 6 and 4. Prosecutors said all three of the children were playing with morphine and Oxycontin pills that Wynne obtained the day before one of them was found dead. The two remaining children are now in protective custody.

Wynne is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Dec. 14.

— Reporter Ian Cummings can be reached at 832-7144 . Follow him at


ExtendedFamily1 5 years, 1 month ago

This was an accident. For those of us who know the true story of what happened, to those who want to make cheap comments, be sure to check your own homes for meds that children can get into. Meds can be put away, but a child can and will find it.

ascgrown 5 years, 1 month ago

Even if I DID have drugs in my home. Sure as Hell wouldnt hide them in a container known for containing shiny, pretty,sweet holiday edibles knowing a child might discover them. And why was she hiding her medication in the first place? Oh wait, could it be that Oxycontin has been disapproved for use? Sounds like someone tryin to get high, not well. No one NEEDS to know the woman to know she's a goof. Tragic all around. Havnt read any " cheap comments " yet. One cant excuse the unexcusable. I contest you to kick that one around the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Nicole Miller 3 years, 2 months ago

I do know her and her children personally and she deserves everything she gets and more. I hope she is miserable for the rest of her pitiful, worthless life and it eats at her every minute of every day for what she did. This is unforgivable. Her child is dead because of her stupidity and irresponsibility. Some people don't deserve to be parents.

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