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LENTINE CASE Baby killer requests early release



Published: Fri, September 6, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



This is the second time Lentine's defense attorney has asked for her client's release.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- A judge in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court will soon decide if a 29-year-old woman convicted of causing the death of her newborn child will be released early from prison.

Atty. Anthony Consoldane of the Ohio Public Defender's Commission, has filed a motion asking Judge W. Wyatt McKay to grant early release to Danielle M. Lentine. No hearing date has been set.

"I really believe she deserves this," Consoldane said. "I don't believe justice is served to anyone by keeping her in prison."

However, Christopher Becker, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, says he believes Lentine has not served enough prison time. He noted she has served "only 10 months" of a 3-year prison sentence. Lentine was sentenced in August.

This is the second time Consoldane has asked for Lentine's release. Consoldane filed a similar motion in March, but it was denied.

Consoldane said he believes his client has been punished enough.

"She knows what happened was wrong," Consoldane said.

Consoldane noted that he believes Lentine, who pleaded guilty in June to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, would be better served if she were ordered to receive counseling.

Judge McKay stated during Lentine's sentencing that if she behaves well in prison, he would consider & quot;some type & quot; of early release. The judge did not say how long he would want Lentine to serve before she would be freed.

State law says offenders must serve six months before they are eligible for an early release.

Dead baby discovered

Police say Lentine, of Columbus, killed her newborn baby in 1998 in her parents' Howland Township home.

Howland police say Lentine gave birth to a baby girl either in March, April or May 1998, suffocated the child, stuffed her into a garbage bag, and hid the bag in a crawl space in her parents' home.

The infant was found March 17, 2001, by Anthony Lentine, Danielle's father.

Lentine said she did not know she was pregnant. She also noted that she did not intend to kill the baby. She said she held the baby after she was born, and the baby died.

An affidavit filed with the court by the county prosecutor's office states that the baby moved after it was born and that Lentine intentionally killed the infant by suffocating it.

She had not lived at the Howland home since July 1999, according to an attorney representing Lentine's father.

sinkovich@vindy.com




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