Justin Dwyer and Courtney Stash’s 2-year-old triplets, a boy named Eoin and two girls named Claire and Avaree, were born on Christmas Day 2014, according to Penn Live.
As WGAL reported Wednesday, the Myerstown, Pennsylvania, couple had become frustrated with their son, Eoin, because he would continuously crawl out of his crib in the middle of the night.
So in April, Dwyer and Stash came up with the idea to rig Eoin’s crib in such a way that he wouldn’t be able to escape.
In order to “rig” the crib, they placed a mattress on top of it and weighed it down with two 50-pound bags of driveway salt. They tied all of this down with a bungee cord.
The following morning, Dwyer and Stash found their little boy still laying in his crib, unresponsive.
The parents quickly dialed 911, but nothing could be done to help him. Eoin had suffocated to death. District Attorney Dave Arnold explained to WGAL:
“The toddler somehow got himself trapped within this, what I’ll say, contraption and eventually suffocated or asphyxiated and passed away. […] From our perspective and our view, what they did was extremely reckless and as a result, their child is dead.”
Dwyer and Stash are facing involuntary manslaughter charges in addition to aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children charges as a result.
Dwyer’s attorney, Scott Grenoble, told Penn Live his client denies the charges against him: “This was a tragedy and an accident.”
Grenoble added that Eoin was not abused.
Both Dwyer and Stash turned themselves in Wednesday. Stash also has two other children from a different relationship.