PEABODY, MASS. (WHDH) – A mother was charged Friday in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter, who was allegedly exposed to illegal drugs while the two lived in the mother’s car, a prosecutor for Essex County Attorney Paul F. Tucker testified before Court.
Vanessa Jeising, 28, was being held without bail following her arraignment in Peabody District Court. A plea of not guilty to two offenses was filed on her behalf: allowing significant injury to a child and reckless endangerment of a child.
Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall told Judge Sarah Joss that Jeising allegedly contacted a friend after her daughter, Lily Iorio, appeared unresponsive in her car in the early hours of January 18.
Police later found evidence of illegal drugs in the vehicle, MacDougall said.
The friend encouraged Jeising to take Lily to the hospital before the friend called Peabody Police to inform them of their upcoming arrival at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody. Police escorted Jeising and her daughter to the emergency room, where efforts to revive Lily were unsuccessful.
Jeising was arrested on Friday. She is expected in court on February 3 for a 58A dangerousness hearing. Jeising was represented on Friday by Salem attorney F. Reed Cutting.
The case is being investigated by detectives from the Peabody Police Department and officers from the Essex Borough of Attorney’s State Police Detective Unit.
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