Charges dropped against mom whose 6-wk old baby found dead in motel

Shania Delawder appeared in a Clark County Court Friday.(WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)
Shania Delawder appeared in a Clark County Court Friday.(WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Charges have now been dropped against a Springfield mom whose 6-week old baby died in a motel.

Shania Delawder, 19, was released from jail last night.  According to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, there wasn’t enough evidence to move forward with the case at this time.  Prosecutors can re-file charges in the future if need details emerge in the investigation.

On October 6th, Clark County deputies were called to the Drake Motel around 8 AM and found the baby unresponsive.  When they arrived deputies found 6-week old Liam Lee Spencer badly bruised and severely neglected.

The child was taken to Springfield Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Delawder and the child’s father, Brian Lee Spencer Jr., 20, were arrested and charged with child endangering.

A Drake Motel worker who cleaned the room after the baby was removed says she’s shocked they let her out.

“It’s not right, that baby did not deserve to die and its sad cause that baby suffered and it’s not right.  They should put her back in jail,” Drake Motel worker Hester Wooten said.

Child endangering charges against Spencer still remain.  He is due back in court on Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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