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Published: Friday, 2/18/2011 - Updated: 4 years ago

Knepley convicted in baby's death

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David Knepley was convicted in the death of 13-month-old Kamryn Gerken. David Knepley was convicted in the death of 13-month-old Kamryn Gerken.
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NAPOLEON — Napoleon resident David Knepley has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering for the 2007 death of 13-month-old Kamryn Gerken, who succumbed to a lethal mix of oxycodone and Xanax.
The 12-member Henry County Common Pleas Court jury delivered its verdict at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday after four hours of deliberation. Mr. Knepley had shared a Napoleon apartment with the girl and her mother, Jayme Schwenkmeyer. A sentencing date is to be scheduled.
Ms. Schwenkmeyer, 25, of Liberty Center is to stand trial in March for a third time on charges of child endangering and involuntary manslaughter. She had been found guilty of both charges, but a judge in December order a new trial after it was learned that prosecutors failed to disclose a witness whose testimony might have affected the verdicts.
The mother’s first trial in 2009 ended in a mistrial.
Young Kamryn died of a mix of multiple drugs, including the painkiller oxycodone and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax. 
Prosecutors have said the adults responsible for her were reckless, even though authorities are unclear how the girl ingested the drugs.

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