KITTANNING – A 40-year-old New Bethlehem woman was found guilty last week on two charges related to the 2015 death of her 11-year-old son.
Bobbie Jo Truckley was charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment after her son, Dustin Vawn Truckley Jr., was found dead in the family’s Madison Township (Armstrong County) home on Dec. 18, 2015.
The boy allegedly died of a Methadone overdose after getting into a prescription belonging to Bobbie Truckley.
According to reports, Bobbie Truckley was found guilty May 8 on the charges of child endangerment and reckless endangerment. The jury was deadlocked on the involuntary manslaughter charge.
As previously reported, the boy was found dead in his bed located on the second floor of the family’s home along Deanville Road in the early morning hours of Dec. 18, 2015.
At the scene, state police said that Dustin Truckley Jr. was pronounced dead “for an extended period of time” by Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers.
An autopsy later determined that the child died of an overdose, and high levels of the prescription drug Methadone were found in his blood, reports state.
Police said that Bobbie Truckley was the only person in the house prescribed the medication, and a large number of assorted prescription pills were found scattered in an unsecured dresser drawer which was accessible to not only Dustin Truckley Jr., but to his then 9-year-old and 5-year-old siblings, who were also in the house.
In addition, two empty plastic bottles, one marked with Bobbie Truckley’s name, labeled “Methadone” were reportedly discovered in an unsecured dresser drawer in the same bedroom where the victim and his brother slept.
Bobbie Truckley will reportedly be sentenced for her two guilty charges, while Armstrong County District Attorney Katie Charlton will have the option to conduct a retrial on the involuntary manslaughter charge.