Mom of murdered toddler charged with manslaughter

A Sandusky mother faces felony charges in the death of her 3-year-old son, who suffered injuries days or weeks prior to when the mother's boyfriend allegedly murdered the boy.
Jessica Cuffman
Aug 16, 2012

A Sandusky mother faces felony charges in the death of her 3-year-old son, who suffered injuries days or weeks prior to when the mother’s boyfriend allegedly murdered the boy. 

Danielle Flannery, 22, was arrested Wednesday after a special grand jury session where she testified about Owen Barker’s short life and death.

Prosecutors allege Flannery knew her son, Owen, was likely suffering for months under the hand of accused killer Michael Milner, her 24-year-old boyfriend of two years.

“But she failed to protect him,” Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter said. “That’s the rationale behind the charges.”

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.

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Seen it All

@bellasmommy...Danielle was the ONLY person who could have prevented this from happening! I don't hold one ounce of sympathy for that girl! I hope she pays dearly in the judicial system for not protecting her sweet baby. She has NO ONE to blame but herself for leaving her baby with that "waste of skin" as you call him. This baby's abuse had been ongoing, and she could of NOT have known about it! ALL of my sympathy lies with this poor child.

 

 

seenocolor

@bella

Ok she was there tesitfying to what?  How bad this a$$ treated Owen and she still stayed?  Or trying to keep her butt out of trouble and testifying against him??

Either way, she was protecting herself when she should have been protecting her SON OWEN!!  If she had been doing what mother's do and protecting her child, Owen would still be here and she wouldn't be looking at a life in jail and a life without her son.

She needs to feel pain that she didn't protect her only child from this monster.  Because she didn't do what she was supposed to do, Owen suffered the with the ultimate price, Owen's father and family is suffering, Danielle and family is suffering, this piece of trash she called a boyfriend, if his family cares, they are suffering.

So no, I won't let her be.

 

Seen it All

@bellas..My educated guess is... IF they plucked some of her hair when they arrested her.. YES. the truth will be told.. and let it ALL come out in court!!  :)  She lived with a pothead..ya think she wasn't doing it?? WAKE UP.. they would rather party than take care of OWEN!  Don't try to defend the people who took his life... she is as guilty as HE his.. as SHE knew this man's temper.. and SHE KNEW a YEAR ago he went OVERBOARD with that baby.. but stuck by his side.. instead of PROTECTING the innocent!!  I'm sure he's had bruises SINCE.. that druggie bf excused away.. like the last day of poor Owen's life.. He was playing.. felll on a freaking truck!!!  DANIElLE WAS A STUPID "C" WORD to believe it OVER AND OVER and OVER again!!  She deserves EVERYTHING that dopehead bf of hers gets!!!!!!!!!!

Seen it All

@Cherryblossom.. you must be related to the scum Milner.. Here's my take on you trying to shift the blame .. I don't think poor baby Owen would of lasted 1 1/2 hours after the blunt force trauma to his chest, if mom had in fact hit him prior to her going to work.  I think the police and coroner got it right!  Milner needs to die for this, and the mom needs to never see the light of day and never have the opportunity to breed again!

starryeyes83

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chongo

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Seen it All

As I stated on the NR article, she will probably get most of the charges reduced for her help in convicting Milner, especially with the death penalty being added on to this case (which I'm very glad of). Unfortunately, the coward, POS Milner will probably end up pleading guilty in exchange for life in prison. When it's all said and done, I don't think there will be any real justice for Owen. RIP sweet baby!

Home Boy

chongo says....I like your idea, but it's too simple. Government likes to complicate things.

SamAdams

I've considered her an accessory to the crime all along. I'm delighted to see that the law apparently does, too. She didn't kill anybody, but through her deliberate inaction, somebody died. In my opinion, that makes her almost as culpable as the man alleged to have actually committed this awful crime!

P.S. It's the "rationale" for the charges, NOT the "rational." Sheesh! Typo? Or just another indicator of incompetency on the Register staff? (Hey, Matt, for pity's sake, HIRE A PROOFREADER!)

starryeyes83

WE still haven't heard anything about the idiots who hurt the Norwalk  baby.

Julie R.

Even an animal protects its young but not this trash. 

KnuckleDragger

This is what happens when your own pleasure becomes more important than your children.  We need to insist that to our politicians that there be a financial disincentive to having more children if you are on ANY type of public assistance.  Im not saying this is the case here because she worked, but it is in many cases.  Taking benefits away vs increasing benefits when one has a child will most certainly encourage them to take advantage of the numerous programs that offer free birth control.  In addition, by law they should have to name the sperm donor to hold them accountable for the financial well being of the child.  If the donor refuses or says he can't, then either lock them up or force them to have a vasectomy.  You would be surprised how many people would stop this nonsense.

juzzmytake

 Sad. Little Owen's own mother did not even protect him. Obstruction of justice? She protected her scumbag low life loser boyfriend over her child? NO man is worth it. EVER! Her baby is gone forever, the boyfriend is gone, her life is ruined. For what? 

concernedtruth

 Don't want to comment because it won't be nice, however I am tired of abusers, druggies of getting off, DO THE CRIME, DO THE TIME or in this case just let them dissapear!

starryeyes83

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starryeyes83

P.S

 

I"m glad she was  charged!

PROUDSTREAKMOM

I'M SO SAD FOR THAT PRECIOUS BABY!!!! I TALKED WITH HIS MOTHER MANY TIMES AT FAMILY VIDEO. SHE HAD ME FOOLED - I THOUGHT SHE WAS A KIND, GENTLE HUMAN BEING! JUST A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE THE MURDER - I SAW THAT SORRY PIECE OF CRAP WAITING OUTSIDE THE VIDEO STORE, WITH THE BABY IN THE BACK SEAT,  FOR HER TO GET OFF WORK - WHEN WE WERE LEAVING THE VIDEO STORE.  I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT THE 2 YEARS OUT OF THE 3 SHORT YEARS THAT BABY LIVED WERE LIKE.  I HOPE HE GETS THE DEATH PENALTY IF THE INMATES IN PRISON DON'T FINISH HIM OFF JAILHOUSE JUSTICE STYLE - AND SHE LIVES OUT THE REST OF HER DAYS IN PRISON, BEING PUNISHED BY THE INMATES FOR HER CRIMES AGAINST HER CHILD!!! SHAME ON YOU - YOU SORRY EXCUSE FOR HUMAN BEINGS!!!!! FLY WITH ANGELS BABY BOY! 

lugnut2511

It's sad to see this entire story unwind, however this mother should of been arrested the day this child was murdered as well. Neither person will recieve any kind of death sentence, He may get 25 years and she may get 7. Any childs life isn't worth the these small sentences. If we were like other countries, both these people would probably be put to death in a matter of months, not years,

The Answer Person

and the Republicans want to get rid of birth control...

1SG G

Not sure if they want to get rid of it but they sure dont want insurance to pay for it.  I think Birth control should be free to  lower income families.

bigrmachine

Thats great ...now if she is lucky she can get a front row seat when Old Sparky is fired up for her boyfriends BBQ. Good Riddance to such a worthless pair of examples to humanity.

starryeyes83

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SaraMac

And at some point we will hear more about the Norwalk case...THAT abuser's case (Christofer Mills) will be followed up on.The NR loves to crucify HCJFS and CPS.ESPECIALLY when the workers drop the ball,so to speak!

deertracker

@lugnut

Unless we lived in a country where mercy killings are a way of life!.

 

@Knuckle

You can't have it both ways.  You don't want government to be too involved on one hand but on the other, it's okay to regulate people's lives.  Your fist sentence is probably the most accurate.  This girl obviously wanted the comfort of a "male" instead of safety for her child.  Sad!  A lot of people dropped the ball on this kid but in the end she is responsible.  In order to receive benefits, the "sperm donor" has to be named but IMO it's too late then.  The gov't can't make people be responsibe for non criminal actions.  I put alot of the blame on the girls that have absolutely no idea what it takes to be a good mother.  Vasectomy?????  No thanks!

Sitting In The ...

 This is why there should be some sort of requirement (IQ test Background checks) when having children so morons like this one can't have children. 

KnuckleDragger

 1SG G, the truth is that Repubs, I'm sure Romney is who they are referring to has never said he wanted to take away access to free or low cost birth control as the political advertisements suggest.  He simply said he would cut off federal funding for planned parenthood, due to them using federal dollars for abortion services.  Anyway, low income women can already get free or reduced cost birth control pills or the shot at the health department.  It is free if you are under a certain income level and at the most for those who don't meet the guidelines to get it free can get it for $10/mo.  The problem is that there is a financial incentive for these women to keep squirting out kids because their welfare checks get bigger for each kid.  While the adult will lose cash assistance after being on it for a certain amount of time, they can continue to collect on the kids behalf as long as their are minor children in the home.  It would floor you if you knew how many women were having children only to give them to their mom, who could no longer have kids, so that the grandparent could continue to collect a "check."  I seen it all the time when I worked in a hospital ER.

deertracker

Is someone having a bad day?  No need to make up stuff.  Keep it real dude!

Sitting In The ...

 She's got "Mother Of the Year" written all over her.....Poor Owen.....Given the circumstances I eagerly await the court's ruling. 

Unassumer

please get a life and stop commenting so much on other people's lives.  really, you must have something else to do.

seenocolor

I'm glad that she has the charges that she has.  That's why she lawyered up so fast.  They arrested her at the court house as she was 'supporting' poor child beater Michael.

Hope you enjoy the stigma that is going to be attached to both of you...that's means you will be labeled a child murderer;  you don't have to live up to the name you live up to it because that's what you are

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