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March 6, 2005
On March 1, 2005, ROY E., JR.; beloved son of Roy E. Lechner, Sr.; devoted brother of Tracey Lechner and the late Donald W. Lechner; dear grandson of Leota Sims; loving nephew of George Lechner, Dave and Carol Stinespring, Ron & Mary Ash and Eric Bombe; dear uncle of Mindy, Britney and Taylor; dear buddy of Judy Lechner. Funeral services will be held at the family owned Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, Inc., 7922 Wise Avenue, on Wednesday at 12 noon. Interment Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M.
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By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | May 8, 2006
They've distributed cell phones to child abuse investigators. They've brought in medical experts to explain to lawyers and judges the often-complicated diagnoses in civil cases involving abused or neglected children. And they've set up ways for arson investigators and police officers to inform social workers of children at home during a fire or left alone in cars. A year after two Dundalk boys died and their mother was charged with child abuse that resulted in her older son's death, Baltimore County government agencies have tried to learn from the case and tighten up the policies and procedures designed to keep children safe.
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NEWS
November 24, 2004
On November 19, 2004 DONALD WAYNE LECHNER loving son of Roy E. Sr. and Denise M. Lechner; dear brother of Tracey Lechner and Roy E. Lechner, Jr.; grandson of Leota Sims. Also survived by nieces Mindy, Brittany, Taylor and many aunts and uncles. A Funeral Service will be held at the family owned Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, Inc., 7922 Wise Avenue on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
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By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | May 5, 2006
Calling the 3-year-old boy "an innocent who died only because he happened to be born to Denise Lechner," a Baltimore County judge sentenced the Dundalk woman yesterday to 30 years in prison for child abuse that resulted in the death of her toddler. Prosecutors had asked for the lengthy term - the maximum allowed by state law for child abuse - in an effort to prevent Lechner, 26, from having more children. "It cannot go unsaid. She can't even be responsible for herself let alone someone else," prosecutor Susan H. Hazlett told Circuit Judge Ruth A. Jakubowski.
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By LAURA BARNHARDT and LAURA BARNHARDT,SUN REPORTER | October 25, 2005
The Dundalk woman charged with child abuse that resulted in the death of her 3-year-old son - just months after the unexplained death of her infant son - avoided a potential murder prosecution by pleading guilty yesterday to the most serious abuse charge against her. As a result of Denise Lechner's guilty plea, Baltimore County prosecutors said yesterday that they will not seek an indictment charging the 26-year-old woman with second-degree murder....
NEWS
August 6, 2003
On August 4, 2003 ELIZABETH EMMA (nee Lechner); beloved wife of the late Charles Robert Beasman; sister of Sylvia Brinkley, Ada Gillingham and the late Vernon Lechner and the late Louise Russell. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and loving family and friends. Funeral Service will be held at the ECKHARDT FUNERAL CHAPEL, P.A., 11605 Reisterstown Road, Ownings Mills, Thursday 11 A.M. Interment in St. John's Church Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 P.M.
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By Anica Butler, Laura Barnhardt and Sara Neufeld and Anica Butler, Laura Barnhardt and Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2005
A 25-year-old Dundalk woman whose parenting had drawn the attention of authorities has been charged with child abuse in the death this week of her 3-year-old son, prompting investigators to launch a review of the death of her younger son in November, police said yesterday. Denise Marie Lechner of the 7800 block of St. Fabian Lane was arrested and charged late Tuesday night, several hours after her 3-year-old son, Roy Lechner Jr., died, Baltimore County police said. She told police that she hit the boy and he fell down a flight of stairs, according to court documents.
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By Laura Barnhardt, Sara Neufeld and Jennifer McMenamin and Laura Barnhardt, Sara Neufeld and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2005
Baltimore County social workers visited the home of Roy Lechner Jr. more than 150 times in the two years before he died of suspected abuse - but didn't feel they had conclusive evidence that the Dundalk boy was in danger. "This is not a case of a child falling through the cracks," said Baltimore County Department of Social Services Director Timothy W. Griffith, releasing a report outlining the agency's interaction with the family. "This is a case where there's been consistent involvement and a progressive escalation of our intrusive work with the family."
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By Anica Butler, Laura Barnhardt and Sara Neufeld and Anica Butler, Laura Barnhardt and Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2005
The Dundalk woman charged this week with child abuse in the death of her 3-year-old son was accused of endangering the boy in Ohio in 2001, resulting in him spending several months in foster care, the woman's stepdaughter said last night. Denise Marie Lechner, 25, of the 7800 block of St. Fabian Lane, was charged with child endangerment in August 2001, after Roy Lechner Jr., then 5 months old, was hospitalized with bruises on his face because he had stopped breathing, according to Teresa Harford, 32, of Canton, Ohio.
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By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | May 5, 2006
Calling the 3-year-old boy "an innocent who died only because he happened to be born to Denise Lechner," a Baltimore County judge sentenced the Dundalk woman yesterday to 30 years in prison for child abuse that resulted in the death of her toddler. Prosecutors had asked for the lengthy term - the maximum allowed by state law for child abuse - in an effort to prevent Lechner, 26, from having more children. "It cannot go unsaid. She can't even be responsible for herself let alone someone else," prosecutor Susan H. Hazlett told Circuit Judge Ruth A. Jakubowski.
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By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | May 4, 2006
When Denise Marie Lechner is sentenced today for the child abuse that led to the death of her toddler son, prosecutors will ask for a prison term long enough to prevent the 26-year-old Dundalk woman from having any more children. Her lawyer, however, intends to ask the judge to consider the woman's own childhood - which, according to records obtained by The Sun, included years of being raped by her father. Court documents from Lechner's native Ohio show that the developmentally disabled girl grew so accustomed to the sexual assaults that, at age 12, she bluntly described them to a hospital worker who interviewed her. Asked whether anything like it had ever happened in the past, she "rolled her eyes and said, `Lots of times,'" the worker wrote in a hospital report.
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By LAURA BARNHARDT and LAURA BARNHARDT,SUN REPORTER | October 25, 2005
The Dundalk woman charged with child abuse that resulted in the death of her 3-year-old son - just months after the unexplained death of her infant son - avoided a potential murder prosecution by pleading guilty yesterday to the most serious abuse charge against her. As a result of Denise Lechner's guilty plea, Baltimore County prosecutors said yesterday that they will not seek an indictment charging the 26-year-old woman with second-degree murder....
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By Laura Barnhardt, Sara Neufeld and Jennifer McMenamin and Laura Barnhardt, Sara Neufeld and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2005
Baltimore County social workers visited the home of Roy Lechner Jr. more than 150 times in the two years before he died of suspected abuse - but didn't feel they had conclusive evidence that the Dundalk boy was in danger. "This is not a case of a child falling through the cracks," said Baltimore County Department of Social Services Director Timothy W. Griffith, releasing a report outlining the agency's interaction with the family. "This is a case where there's been consistent involvement and a progressive escalation of our intrusive work with the family."
NEWS
March 16, 2005
Another child the state failed to keep safe Despite an abundance of good cause to remove them from their dangerous home, the Lechner children were left in a dysfunctional family with the thin hope that a safety plan would save them, even though the Department of Social Services was aware that Roy Lechner Sr. had not protected his children from their mother in the past ("As child is laid to rest, questions persist," March 10). I wonder if Roy Lechner Jr.'s appointed attorney made Baltimore County Circuit Judge J. Norris Byrnes aware of Denise Lechner's history of child abuse, especially her son Donald's death a day after he was returned to her care?
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By Anica Butler and Anica Butler,SUN STAFF | March 15, 2005
As Baltimore County investigators take a fresh look at the unexplained death in November of an infant boy whose mother has since been charged in her other son's death, experts say such mysteries can be tough to unravel. The key to finding answers in cases like 6-month-old Donald Wayne Lechner's death often lies, medical and forensic experts say, in carefully reviewing the old case file while searching for new information from witnesses. "They may not find new forensic evidence, but it may have new meaning based on the new circumstances," said Thomas P. Mauriello, professor of criminology at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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By Sara Neufeld, Anica Butler and Laura Barnhardt and Sara Neufeld, Anica Butler and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | March 10, 2005
Thick makeup camouflaged the bruises on his face, and his Ravens cap covered the injuries on his head. Surrounded in his small white casket by teddy bears and cards from his playmates, Roy Edward Lechner Jr. was laid to rest yesterday, five days shy of his 4th birthday. Afterward, family friends said they had witnessed incidents of abuse and wondered whether more could have been done to save the Dundalk boy. Absent from the funeral was Roy's mother, Denise Lechner, who has been charged with child abuse in his death last week.
NEWS
June 9, 2003
On Thursday, June 5, 2003, MARIA P., wife of the late Gustav Kurtz; beloved mother of Gustav S. Kurtz, Sr. and his wife Bonnie, Maria Kurtz Linberborn and her husband William; grandmother of Gary and Karen Linderborn, Gustav S. Kurtz, Jr., Susan Lechner and the late Theresa Ann Kurtz; great-grandmother of Nicole and Autumn Linderborn, Alexandria Kurtz, Gustav "Tre" S. Kurtz III, Allen and Luke Lechner. Friends may call on Monday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. at the Stallings Funeral Home P.A. 3111 Mountain Road, Pasadena, where funeral service will be held on Tuesday 11 A.M. Interment Glen Haven Cemetery.
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By Anica Butler and Sara Neufeld and Anica Butler and Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2005
BARBERTON, Ohio - On a June evening in 1998, Roy Lechner was at a truck stop in Youngstown watching The Green Berets on television when a young woman sat down beside him. Denise Marie Sims was not yet 19. She had long dark hair and a small mole on each cheek that her mother said made her look like a movie star. Her life had already been a hard one. Developmentally disabled, she had dropped out of high school in her native Barberton. Her father had abused her and was serving time in prison for the crime.
NEWS
March 6, 2005
On March 1, 2005, ROY E., JR.; beloved son of Roy E. Lechner, Sr.; devoted brother of Tracey Lechner and the late Donald W. Lechner; dear grandson of Leota Sims; loving nephew of George Lechner, Dave and Carol Stinespring, Ron & Mary Ash and Eric Bombe; dear uncle of Mindy, Britney and Taylor; dear buddy of Judy Lechner. Funeral services will be held at the family owned Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, Inc., 7922 Wise Avenue, on Wednesday at 12 noon. Interment Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M.
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By Anica Butler and Sara Neufeld and Anica Butler and Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2005
BARBERTON, Ohio - On a June evening in 1998, Roy Lechner was at a truck stop in Youngstown watching The Green Berets on television when a young woman sat down beside him. Denise Marie Sims was not yet 19. She had long dark hair and a small mole on each cheek that her mother said made her look like a movie star. Her life had already been a hard one. Developmentally disabled, she had dropped out of high school in her native Barberton. Her father had abused her and was serving time in prison for the crime.
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