Parents charged in infant’s Christmas Day death



The parents of a three-month-old girl who died Christmas Day face charges for failing to care for the infant, Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart announced today.

Rachel Brannan, 25, and Charles Vining, 35, of Bellefontaine, each face single counts of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and reckless homicide and child endangering, thirddegree felonies, after a Logan County grand jury handed up indictments Tuesday.

An officer of the Bellefontaine Police Department on duty at Mary Rutan Hospital reported Brannan walked into the hospital carrying Felicity Vining, around 1:20 p.m. Christmas afternoon.

The child was declared dead and an autopsy was ordered by the Logan County Coroner’s Office.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office handled the autopsy and ruled in March the child died from severe dehydration as a result of complications of a recent flu-like illness.

On the day of Felicity’s death, officers visited the couple’s 515 Walker St. residence and found deplorable living conditions.

Detectives continued their investigation into April before presenting their findings to prosecutors. Stewart’s office then prepared the case for grand jury and presented it when coroner representatives were available to testify.

The charges allege the parents recklessly failed in their duty to care for, protect and support their child which resulted in her death.

Another 18-month-old child in the household was removed and placed in the custody of Logan County Children’s Services.

Brannan was convicted in 2016 of fifth-degree felony importuning after she admitted to trying to solicit sex from a 13-year-old boy.

She was sentenced to community control and classified as a sex offender.