Woman pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter of daughter

Shelly Gantka, 45, was arrested on Aug. 3 after police found her daughter dead.
Shelly Gantka, 45, was arrested on Aug. 3 after police found her daughter dead.(Lucas County Corrections Center)
Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 3:19 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A woman who was charged with involuntary manslaughter of her daughter plead not guilty Thursday.

Shelly Gantka, 45, was arrested on Aug. 3 after officers responded to the 3500 block of Chase Street and found Gantka’s daughter, Baili Cowell, 18, dead. Police say Cowell was functionally-impaired.

According to TPD, an autopsy ruled Cowell’s death a homicide due to Chronic Neglect.

Gantka’s next trial date will be on Sept. 1. and her bond is currently set at $100,000.

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