Court sentencing closes infant-death case

From Local Sources


JASPER — A sentencing last week in Dubois Circuit Court marked the closure of a case opened in August 2018 after the death of a 3-month-old in a Louisville hospital.

A Jasper Police Department investigation resulted in the arrests of then-28-year-old Jordan R. Leinenbach and then-24-year-old Cassandra M. Potts, who had been living at 901 Emily St., Jasper, after the unresponsive infant was taken to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. The infant was flown to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville and was pronounced dead the next day.

A probable cause affidavit in the case stated the victim was born prematurely and had spent time in the NICU at Deaconess Women’s Hospital in Newburgh. According to court documents, the parents were instructed to maintain a constant oxygen supply to the infant, who was to be hooked to a monitor with the exception of a limited time off for bath time.

The investigation alleged there had been felony neglect.

Potts, now 26, pleaded guilty to Level 3 felony neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury and was sentenced last August to 16 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

Leinenbach, now 29, also pleaded guilty to Level 3 felony neglect, and last week, was sentenced to 16 years in the Indiana Department of Correction with a jail credit of 529 days. He is currently lodged in the Dubois County Security Center awaiting transfer to an IDOC facility.

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