College Student Plead Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity In Baby Death Case

POSTED BY: News Department
Wednesday, February 20, 2002 - 02:20 PM
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The Muskingum College student charged in the death of her newborn son was arraigned today in a Muskingum County courtroom. 21-year old Jennifer Bryant appeared before Common Pleas Judge Butch Zwelling and made a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and abuse of a corpse. Bryant has been psychologically evaluated and the assistant prosecutor has requested another evaluation be performed on behalf of the state. The bond of 50-thousand dollars and house arrest that had been set is continuing, however defense attorney Arron Miller has asked that house arrest be dropped due to the financial burden it is imposing on the family. The judge will make the decision on that request no later than Thursday. Bryant was charged on February 4th after her infant son’s body was discovered in a trash bin behind the house she shared with five other students near Muskingum College.

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