Couple Pleads Not Guilty in Kids’ Camping Deaths
A husband and wife pleaded not guilty on Wednesday (Sept. 14) to involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges in connection with the drowning deaths of their children near an eastern Ohio campground, WBNS-TV, Columbus, reported.
Kasey and Richard Klein were charged after Kasey Klein’s sons, Ayden Cecil and Anthony Tullius, disappeared. Ayden was found after he drowned in the Muskingum River in June.
“It means that they were reckless in their actions, allegedly, on June 4 and their actions resulted in a reckless violation of a duty of care as a parent and that in turn resulted in these child(ren)’s deaths,” said Muskingum County Prosecutor D. Michael Haddox.
Ayden and his half-brother, Anthony Tullius, wandered away from the family campsite at Ellis Dam early June 4, authorities said. Ayden’s body was found a few hours later in the water about a mile below the dam.
Crews searched for Anthony Tullius for more than a week with cadaver dogs, divers and rescue boats, but were unable to find him in the river.
Kasey Klein’s parents said that the boys’ deaths were their mother’s fault. They said that “she let it happen.”
Ken and Candy Cecil ultimately blamed their son-in-law, Richard Klein, for the deaths of their grandchildren, but said that “she put him before her kids.”
The Cecils said that Kasey Klein needs to serve time and get some help and that Richard Klein should go to jail “forever,” Goddard reported.
The trial date was not immediately set.