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Babysitter indicted for involuntary manslaughter after 12-year-old dies from overdose

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This babysitter violated her duty of care to the children she was babysitting by possessing fentanyl in her residence while having children present in her home.” (FILE - WSYX/WTTE)

A Columbus, Ohio babysitter was indicted for involuntary manslaughter after a 12-year-old that was in her care died from a fentanyl overdose.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This babysitter violated her duty of care to the children she was babysitting by possessing fentanyl in her residence while having children present in her home.”

The indictment was returned by the Franklin County Grand Jury against 60-year-old Sheila Marie Hutchins. She was charged with one count of Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony of the first degree and one count of Endangering Children, a felony of the third degree.

O'Brien said on July 10th, 2017, Hutchins was babysitting 5 children, ages 13, 13, 12, 10, and 7, in her home located on Lakeside Street South on the east side of Columbus. She left the home to run errands and took the youngest child with her per O'Brien.

“While she was gone, the 12 year old obtained what he believed to be heroin from on top of the refrigerator, ingested some, and then went upstairs because he was tired,” O’Brien stated.

When Hutchins returned home, O'Brien said the 12-year-old was unresponsive and that foam was on the boy’s face. He was rushed to Nationwide Children's, but died two days later.

Arraignment was scheduled for later this week.

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