Thursday, March 18, 2004

Two indicted in child-related incidents

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

HAMILTON - A Madison Township woman has been indicted in the death of her 7-month-old son after their mobile home caught fire last month.

Aimee Leonard, 29, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangering, both felonies.

The indictments were released Wednesday.

Leonard is accused of causing the Feb. 4 fire in their home that claimed the life of her son, Justin A. Johnson Jr.

Authorities said they believe Leonard ignited a piece of clothing and threw it onto the kitchen floor of the trailer in the Catalina Manufactured Home Community. The fire spread quickly from the kitchen as the child slept in his crib two rooms away.

"She caused the trailer to catch fire and she was able to get herself out of the trailer, but did not take any action to get the baby out of the trailer," Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper said.

• In another indictment, Eric Swanson, 28, of West Chester, is charged with four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance and two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

Authorities allegedly found images of child pornography on Swanson's computer, Piper said. The images were discovered by probation officers.


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