Mother arrested, charged with involuntary manslaughter in death of her teenage child

TPD arrested Cowell’s mother, Shelly Gantka, 45, on August 3, 2022, and charged with...
TPD arrested Cowell’s mother, Shelly Gantka, 45, on August 3, 2022, and charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Failing to provide for a functionally-impaired person.(Lucas County Corrections Center)
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 4:01 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A woman was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday after her 18-year-old daughter was found dead. Police said the teenager was “functionally-impaired.”

According to Toledo Police, on April 24, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of Chase Street after receiving a call about a deceased person. When they arrived on the scene, officers found Baili Cowell, 18, dead.

TPD says an autopsy was performed by the Lucas County Coroners Office and the death was ruled a Homicide due to Chronic Neglect. Detectives were notified of the autopsy results and an investigation began.

TPD arrested Cowell’s mother, Shelly Gantka, 45, on August 3, 2022, and charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Failing to provide for a functionally-impaired person.

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