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Woman charged with endangering child

August 26, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An investigation into the June death of an infant has led to charges against the boy's mother, according to a borough police report.

Amy E. Sheffler, 20, of 240 Larch Ave., Chambersburg, was taken into custody on warrants Tuesday, according to the report.

She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person, corruption of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Sheffler was arraigned before District Justice Gary L. Carter and jailed on $25,000 bond. She remained in jail Wednesday night, according to a prison official.

The report said police were called to Sheffler's home on June 7 to investigate the unexplained death of her 6-week-old son, Triston Sheffler.

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A search warrant was executed that day, police said.

Franklin County Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer said the autopsy conducted the next day in Allentown, Pa., ruled it a "sudden, unexplained death."

"The autopsy indicated the death was consistent with sudden infant death syndrome," but death by asphyxiation could not be ruled out, Peiffer said.

A preliminary hearing for Amy Sheffler is scheduled for Tuesday before Carter, according to police.

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