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Brothers, Bartholomew take plea deal

Sandusky Register Staff • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

James Brothers, 33, and Adrienne Bartholomew, 35, pleaded guilty Friday in Erie County Common Pleas Court to multiple counts of child endangering in connection with the Nov. 6, 2012, death of their son, Isaac Brothers-Bartholomew.

Isaac died at age 18 months in his parents' Vermilion Township home. An autopsy listed the cause of death as malnourishment. The couple's six other children, most of them also suffering from malnourishment, were removed from the home and placed in the county's custody.  

Brothers and Bartholomew were initially charged with involuntary manslaughter, and they've been in jail since January, when they were indicted. 

In Friday's deal, they pleaded guilty to two counts each of felony child endangering and three counts each of misdemeanor child endangering. Following the court appearance, they were both released on their own recognizance, with a co-signer.

They both remain on house arrest, without electronic monitoring, until their Nov. 4 sentencing. They could each face up to seven and a half years in prison.

The children's grandmother, Debra Nelson, posted bond months ago and is still awaiting trial in connection with the case. She was charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter, fives counts of child endangering and five counts of patient endangering.

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