Posted On July 8, 2024

Fort Wayne mother pleads guilty to neglect in toddler’s death, prosecutors move to withdraw father’s plea agreement

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – A Fort Wayne mother pleaded guilty to neglect in connection with her 2-year-old daughter’s death Monday as prosecutors filed to withdraw a plea agreement offered to the child’s father.

Madyson Conley, 26, pleaded guilty to a single neglect charge in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence and her remaining five felony neglect charges being dismissed. She was set to go to trial in the case beginning Tuesday.

BACKGROUND: Fort Wayne woman charged with neglect after child not given proper medical care dies

Byron Hynes, 26, the child’s father, pleaded guilty in the case nearly a year ago. His plea outlines a nine-year prison sentence cap and the dismissal of five other felony neglect charges in exchange for his testimony against any others charged in connection to his daughter’s death, including Conley.

However, that plea may be off the table.

In a motion filed Monday, prosecutors allege Hynes has failed to comply with the agreement by not providing them with any relevant or truthful information in connection to the case.

As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull, the judge overseeing the case has not granted or denied prosecutors’ motion. Hynes is still set to be sentenced in the case Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Both parents were charged with six counts of felony neglect in Sept. 2022, five months after the child died. The initial charges carried a potential prison sentence of more than 60 years.

Police and medics were dispatched to Conley and Hynes’ apartment on May 1, 2022, for reports of a child not breathing, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Fort Wayne Police Detective Roy Sutphin. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sutphin said when he walked into the apartment, he was met with a “very unpleasant odor” that was overwhelming.

There were cats in the apartment, floors so soiled that they were sticky and dirty dishes piled high in the sink as police looked around, court records show. Food remnants and full garbage bags next to the children’s items in the home were also a concern to police.

Police learned that the Department of Child Services had previously investigated the family for reports of the parents failing to provide proper medical care for the children in the house, court documents say. The toddler and another of the couple’s four children suffered from cystic fibrosis.

A DCS plan required the parents to ensure the children to see and follow the recommendations of a cystic fibrosis specialist, refrain from canceling medical appointments, and maintain and clean and stable environment for the children, court records show. They were also told to obtain a high-frequency vest meant to treat cystic fibrosis and receive training in how to use it.

When asked about the vest, Conley allegedly told detectives she did not use it on the two-year-old because the toddler did not like it.

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