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May trial set for 3 accused in toddler’s drug-related death

March 22, 2019

IRONTON — A May 6 trial date has been set for three people charged in connection with the 2017 death of a 2-year-old boy in Ironton.

David E. Large, 36, and his girlfriend, Casey Jean Boggess, 28, both of the 400 block of North 2nd Street, Ironton, were indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, corrupting another with drugs, aggravated possession of drugs (fentanyl) and a misdemeanor charge of endangering children.

Boggess is the child’s mother.

A third person also is charged in the case, said Mike Gleichauf, an assistant county prosecutor. Jonathan K. Rice, 34, also of the 400 block of North 2nd Street, Ironton, is charged with corrupting another with drugs. The charge carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

The child died at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. A toxicology report showed the presence of illegal drugs in the child’s system.

The trial date was set by Lawrence County Judge Andy Ballard.

In an unrelated case, a Chesapeake, Ohio, area man was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court for failing to notify authorities of a change of address.

Ballard sentenced Samuel Butler, 51, of County Road 35, Chesapeake, to prison, but ordered that the sentence could run concurrently with a drug charge in West Virginia.

Butler is charged in Wayne County with conspiracy to deliver narcotics. Butler has agreed to waive extradition to West Virginia to face charges there.

He faced a maximum eight years in prison in the Ohio case.

In other cases:

• Doris A. Sharp, 26, of Portsmouth, Ohio, pleaded guilty in a burglary case. She was sentenced to 17 months in prison and could be eligible for early release to the STAR Community Justice Center after serving six months. The program at STAR could take up to six months to complete.

• Walter W. Brewer, 53, of County Road 1 2 4, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl. He was placed on community control sanctions for four years and was ordered to complete the program at STAR and do 200 hours of community service.

• James K. King, 35, of County Road 1, South Point, Ohio, pleaded guilty to possession of meth. He was placed on community control sanctions for four years. He also was ordered to get drug treatment and do 200 hours of community service.

• Jeffrey Castle, 30, of the 2300 block of South 5th Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of meth. He was placed on intervention in lieu of conviction, requiring him to stay drug and alcohol free for a year.

• Teresa L. Marshall, 52, of Township Road 208, Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin. She was placed on intervention in lieu of conviction, requiring her to stay drug and alcohol free for a year. She also was ordered to get treatment at Mended Reeds in Ironton.

• Rachel Ballengee, 36, of the 1300 block of Lower Union Street, Ironton, pleaded innocent to trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of criminal tools. Bond was set at $20,000.