Court Date Set For Centerville Woman Charged in Death of Child

By Jason Van Arkel, July 08, 2019

The Centerville woman who faces child endangerment charges following her son’s death will be arraigned in two weeks.

Brittney Keller faces one count of child endangerment resulting in death, after her ten-month-old son died on May 21st. The 30-year-old Keller also faces two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Her arraignment is now scheduled for July 22nd, where she is expected to enter a plea. Unless she pleads guilty, her trial date should be set at the arraignment hearing.

Centerville police responded to a 911 call at Keller’s home on May 21st, and arrived to find Keller on her kitchen floor, trying to perform chest compressions on her son. Officers began CPR on the baby, and transported him to MercyOne Centerville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

Keller told police she had been preparing a bath for the child and his two-year-old sister, and that she left the bathroom for less than five minutes to gather bath supplies. She claimed the drain plug was not in when she left the water running, but when she returned, the baby was face down in water with his sister on top of him.

If convicted of child endangerment resulting in death, Keller faces up to 25 years in prison. Both of the drug charges are misdemeanors. Police searched the house, finding small amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana, some of which was in a place where the children could have gotten to it. Police say Keller admitted to smoking marijuana on Monday, one day before her son’s death.


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