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Parents charged in barricaded crib suffocation death of son

| Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
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MYERSTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania couple who allegedly tied and weighted down a mattress on top of their son's crib so he couldn't climb out has been charged in the boy's suffocation death.

WGAL-TV reports 29-year-old Justin Dwyer and 28-year-old Courtney Stash have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in the April death of their 2-year-old son.

Police say the Myerstown couple told them they put a mattress atop the crib, which they held in place with heavy bags of rock salt and bungee cords because the boy wouldn't stop climbing out.

The couple found the boy unresponsive and called 911. Police say the boy suffocated. Police couldn't immediately be reached Wednesday to explain how that occurred.

Online records don't list attorneys for the couple, who were charged Tuesday but have yet to be arraigned.

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