Brothers Plead Guilty in Baby’s Meth Death

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Randy Legg and Ronald Legg

AKRON, Ohio — Two brothers have pleaded guilty in the death of a baby that ingested large amounts of methamphetamine.

Ronald Legg, 22, pleaded guilty to murder, child endangering and illegal manufacturing of drugs in the death of 17-month-old Patrick Lerch. Randy Legg, 20, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs.

Patrick died Feb. 26.

The baby and his mother, Heather Lerch, moved into Randy Legg’s home on St. Leger Avenue just days before Patrick died. Lerch had been dating Randy.

Prosecutors say Patrick was kept in the home’s rat-infested basement in the care of Ronald Legg and Allen Kostra, who were cooking meth.

“This is one of the saddest and most disturbing cases I’ve ever seen,” said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. “I am pleased that we were able to secure justice for Patrick.”

Kostra, 25, pleaded guilty Aug.16 to involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and illegal manufacture of drugs. Heather was found guilty of murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering on Aug. 27.

Judge Thomas Parker will sentence Lerch and Ronald Legg on Sept. 25. Kostra will be sentenced on Oct. 8 and Randy Legg Oct. 23.

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