Young father charged with manslaughter after his month-old son suffocated and died while sleeping on his chest
Owen Labrenn Copney, 26, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the death of his month-old son, Isiah
A Pennsylvania father is facing involuntary manslaughter charges after his infant son was suffocated when he fell asleep on his chest.
The death of one-month-old Isiah has also lead to charges of child endangerment against 26-year-old Owen Labrenn Copney, Daily Mail reports. On September 17, 2018, Copney allegedly fell asleep with his son lying face down on his chest at their Colombia Avenue home in Vandergrift. Isiah's mother was visiting a friend when she had left him alone with his father.
Copney woke up to find his child face down in the crook of his arm and realized he wasn't breathing. When his mother returned home, she knew her baby was dead, authorities said, and when authorities responded to the residence, she told them she was hysterical. "I should never have left him with you!" she screamed at Copney.
While the child was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for immediate medical attention, he died two days later on September 19 despite the doctors' best efforts. According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, Isiah, of Leechburg, had died of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death. Copney had allegedly been warned about the dangers of falling asleep with a newborn on his person and had allegedly made the same mistake in the past.
The child's mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had also shared horror stories with Copney about other instances when babies had died in similar circumstances. According to police, Copney later admitted he had been forewarned of the risks.
While the embattled father's lawyer, Samir Sarna, declined to comment, a woman claiming to be his ex defended him in a Facebook post. "This is my ex and he loved his son! He did nothing wrong!" Jalyn Booker wrote. "His mother left him while she knew he was sleeping. After working a double shift so she could go party!!!!! The truth will come out!!! She endangered her child!!!!!! He’s affected greatly by this. Prayers needed to my family."
Another friend of his also came out in his support. "I know Owen personally. This was a very horrible accident..." Maggie Fountain wrote. "Yes with him working a double shift, the baby should have been in a crib or bassinet. The mom knowing that he worked a double shift should have made other arrangements for someone to have watched the baby. No matter his side, or her side, there are two families who are suffering a loss. We need to keep both sides lifted up in prayer."