Youngstown parents charged with daughter's death delay trial

Staff report


The Burbank Avenue couple charged in the opiate-induced death of their 16-month-old daughter waived their rights to a speedy trial Thursday.

Joshua Essad, 33, and Sara Loth, 32, remain in the Mahoning County jail with no bond after a pretrial hearing in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.

The couple face charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide and endangering children in the July 24 death of their daughter Isabelle Essad.

The county coroner’s office ruled in December that the child died of “carfentanil toxicity.” Carfentanil is a synthetic opiate more powerful than heroin.

Read more about the case in Friday's Vindicator or on

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