Darke Co. father convicted in daughter’s death

Scott Webber, left, was convicted in Darke Co. April 16 in connection to the death of his daughter. (WDTN Photo/Kelley King)

GREENVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The trial of a Darke County father, accused in his baby girl’s death, concluded Wednesday morning.

Twenty-nine-year-old Scott Webber was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering.

Webber’s 16-month-old daughter, Ina Jane, was discovered dead in her bed of asphyxiation in February 2013.

The baby’s mother, Lauren Jones, has admitted to giving the baby an over-the-counter sleep aid for adults.

“She certainly believed that the use of the diphenhydramine, the Z-Quill to sedate the baby was a significant factor in causing the baby’s death,” stated Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby III.

Investigators also found piles of blankets, pillows, blue jeans, and plush animals stuffed in her crib, which prosecutors say obstructed her breathing.

“When you put her in a dangerous environment and then sedate her on top of that, it was just too much for them to overcome,” said Ormsby.

Last week, Jones was sentenced to 90 days in jail last week for her role in the baby’s death.

Prosecutors say they’ll also ask for a prison sentence for Webber.

“We feel that anything less than prison would demean the seriousness of the offense,” commented Ormsby.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 5 at 2 p.m.

Webber could face up to 14 years behind bars.

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