Teen mom charged in baby’s death speaks for the first time from jail

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

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Authorities have filed new charges against the mother of a 6-week-old boy who died in October 2016.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said 19-year-old Shania Delawder knew her son was severely injured, but didn’t try to provide aid.  Now she’s facing one count of involuntary manslaughter in Liam Spencer’s death.

The baby was found unresponsive at the Drake motel in Springfield on Oct. 6 and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

In a jailhouse interview Delawder said, “I didn’t do what I should have done.”  She goes on to say, “I should have called the cops when I got back to the motel and I saw my son…I saw bruises on my son.”

Delawder and the child’s father—Brian Lee Spencer, Jr.— were both arrested and charged the same day.  She was released a week later pending the outcome of the autopsy.  The tearful teen told 2 NEWS she regrets not getting help for her son sooner.

“I woke Brian up and I did CPR on my son and Brian went and called the sheriff’s officer,” Delawder said.

However, court documents contradicted her claims of performing CPR.  In a statement, investigators said no aid was rendered to the child, which contributed to the death.  The 19-year-old was told her son died from blunt force trauma.  Police reports revealed the infant had bruises and suffered internal injuries.   When asked what happen to Liam, Delawder said she didn’t know.

“I wasn’t there.  I kept trying to question Liam’s father, but he won’t open up. He won’t say what he had done or what happened.  All he keeps saying is he didn’t do nothing,” Delawder said.

Delawder told investigators she didn’t call police when she saw the bruises, because she was afraid Children’s Services would take him away from her.  Two days before his death, Delawder also claimed that she and the child’s father were in a fight and she threw herself on the ground to protect her face while he continued to hit her.  However, the incident was not reported at the time, but she claimed that she was afraid. Spencer has a pending domestic violence case from a previous incident.

Delawder said the past four months have been hard and she misses her son.  She also told us that burying Liam was the worst day of her life.

“I want to apologize to my family.  I should have never left my mom’s house.  Then I wouldn’t be in this situation right now,” Delawder said.

The child’s father Brian Lee Spencer is also being held in the Clark County Jail.  Delawder is due back in court February.

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