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Boy suffocated by weighted mattress on crib to stop escapes

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Courtney Stash and Justin Dwyer, photographed after the birth of their triplets on Christmas Day in 2014. Courtney Stash and Justin Dwyer, photographed after the birth of their triplets on Christmas Day in 2014.

MYERSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple accused of tying and weighting down a mattress on top of their toddler son's crib so he couldn't climb out have been charged in his suffocation death.
    
WGAL-TV (http://bit.ly/2vey3ZX ) reports 29-year-old Justin Dwyer and 28-year-old Courtney Stash were charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in the April death of their 2-year-old son.
    
Lebanon County detectives say the Myerstown couple told them they weighted down the mattress with bagged rock salt and tied it down with bungee cords.
    
Detectives say the boy still tried to climb out and got his head above the crib's rail, but became trapped and suffocated by the weight of the mattress and rock salt.
    
Online court records don't list attorneys for the couple. The 2-year-old boy was one of the couple's triplet toddlers, born Christmas Day in 2014.
    
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Information from: WGAL-TV, http://www.wgal.com

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