A woman charged in connection with the October death of a 10-month-old girl is not required to attend her Columbus Recorder's Court hearing this morning because she's made bond.
Donna M. Hutto, 49, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. She was arrested Monday morning at attorney Richard Hagler's downtown office, reports state.
Police accuse Hutto in the Oct. 5 death of the girl at Hutto's 6341 Williamsburg Drive day care. Hutto allegedly strapped the infant to a car seat, put the car seat on a mattress bed in a bedroom and then closed the door.
When Hutto next checked on the child, she found the car seat had turned over in the bed. The girl was dead, reports state.
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Police say a medical examiner determined that the cause of death was positional asphyxia — meaning the position of the child prevented her from breathing.
“The defendant grossly disregarded the child and due to her reckless actions caused the child to smother after the car seat turned over on the bed,” reports state.
Hutto made bond the day of her arrest, jail records state. Her Recorder's Court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. today, though defendants who post bond prior to court aren't required to appear for their first appearance hearing.