Mom Faces Murder Charge

Charleston, IL - WCIA- UPDATE: A Charleston woman is charged with first degree murder after reportedly leaving her toddler alone for more than 48-hours.

The toddler was found in a Pack-and-Play, face down and died of dehydration or starvation.

22-year old Savannah Weiss was arrested Wednesday. It happened in the 1000-block of 1st Street.Weiss allegedly tried to pin the murder on her friend. She sat in the back of court and broke down over the accusation.

"I told her, if she ever needed a babysitter, to let me know."

But, Weiss took advantage of that statement. Emily Snively says she was called in for questioning by police Tuesday.

"It became apparent the mother said I was watching her child."

Police say Weiss later admitted leaving her child unattended from 10 am Friday to 6 pm Sunday. She told police she was at the hospital multiple times or with her boyfriend.

"Even if I had to go to the hospital, I wouldn't do that."

Monday morning, Weiss finally checked on the toddler, who was unresponsive. Her mother had to convince her to call 911. She was saying, "No, I'm going to go to prison."

"Police found it full of garbage."

They found the 2-year old dead in his playpen.

Snively wants to know why Weiss tried to blame her. She says she loves kids and Weiss' toddler was no exception.

Weiss is being held on $1.5 million bond.


ORIGINAL STORY: A Charleston, IL woman faces first degree murder charges for the death of her two year old.

Law enforcement reports, on Monday, December 4, Charleston police and paramedics responded to a call of an unresponsive child at a home on First Street. Paramedics determined the toddler was dead, which was later confirmed by the Coles County coroner.

Investigators say the child's mother, 22 year old Savannah Weiss confessed to leaving her child in a playpen, unattended for three days. An autopsy found the preliminary cause of death to be due to dehydration and malnourishment.

Weiss is held in the Coles County jail.

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