WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) – A jury on Tuesday found a Chicago suburban woman guilty of manslaughter for failing to provide her son with the medical care he requires after a heart transplant.
Jennifer Stroud, 41, of Park City, was also found guilty of endangering the child’s life. On July 21, she faces up to 14 years in prison Daily Herald This was reported in Arlington Heights.
Jason Stroud, 11, was a sixth-grader at Woodland High School in Gurney when he died Sept. 11, 2016, four years after the transplant.
“Both parents knew that Jason’s transplant required lifelong care, and they knew about the risk of failure,” said Eric Calata, assistant county attorney for Lake County. “They were reckless about his life.”
Stroud’s lawyer, Eliot A. Pinzel, said he was disappointed with the verdict.
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Stroud, her then-husband David Stroud and Jason moved from Milwaukee to Park City in 2015. The couple was expected to take Jason to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago for regular visits and give him medication daily to prevent his heart from being rejected. said.
When Jason missed several hospital admissions from December 2015 to August 2016, the Illinois Department of Children and Families conducted an investigation, authorities said.
At one point, David and Jennifer Stroud were co-defendants, but the case was dropped after the couple filed for divorce in July 2017.
David Stroud pleaded guilty to manslaughter in May 2019 and was sentenced to five years in prison.
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