Lancaster County Mom Sentenced In Child’s Death

LANCASTER – A Lancaster County mother was sentenced to 11 to 22 years in the suffocation death of her 2-month-old son as the two slept in the same bed. 32-year-old Jessica Harper pleaded no contest to third-degree murder and child endangerment charges in the child’s July 2017 death in Fulton Township. Authorities said social services workers and the defendant’s pediatrician repeatedly warned her of the dangers of sleeping in the same bed as the infant. Harper served 85 days following the 2011 asphyxiation death of another 2-month-old child sleeping on a couch at her Maryland home. Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller said Harper “knew it was unsafe” to have the infant sleep with her.


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