Sentencing in Baby’s Meth Death

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AKRON, Ohio -- Three defendants were sentenced for the death of a baby that ingested large amounts of methamphetamine.

Heather Lerch, 21, was found guilty earlier by a jury in the death of her 17-month-old son, Patrick Lerch.

Judge Thomas Parker told the courtroom Tuesday morning, "This child did not die instantly. Ms. Lerch had multiple opportunities to step in and save his life and she did nothing."

Lerch received a 22-years to life in prison sentence. She did not make a statement. Her attorney, Brian Pierce says they will appeal the conviction.

Heather Lerch and her son moved into the home of Heather’s boyfriend, Randy Legg, on St. Leger Avenue just days before Patrick died back in February.
Prosecutors say Patrick was kept in the home’s rat-infested basement in the care of Ronald Legg and Allen Kostra, who were cooking and high on meth throughout Patrick’s last days.

Ronald Legg was also sentenced for his involvement in the case Tuesday. He will serve 12 years in the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections before he starts to serve an additional 15 years to life.

Allen Kostra, was sentenced to 9 years. He will be required to serve at least 5 years before he's eligible for judicial release.

Judge Parker will sentence Randy Legg on October 23 at 9:00 a.m.

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