Second son dies in McCandless incident

A 6-year-old McCandless boy, whose mother has been charged with his attempted drowning and the drowning of his younger brother, died Saturday.

Daniel Schlemmer was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office.

The boys' mother, Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, 40, is charged with homicide and related charges in Tuesday's drowning of her 3-year-old son Luke, who died within an hour of being rushed to UPMC Passavant after the boys were reported unconscious on the bathroom floor of the family's home on Saratoga Drive.

Daniel had been in critical condition at Children's Hospital since Tuesday.

On Thursday, assistant district attorney Lisa Pellegrini told Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey A. Manning that Daniel had no brain activity and was on life support.

An autopsy has been scheduled for today.

"Daniel was much loved by the congregation, especially those who knew him through his Sunday school class," said the Rev. Dan Hendley, senior pastor at North Park Church, where the Schlemmers are members.

Mr. Hendley had known Daniel for about five years, since he first took over the Wexford church the family regularly attended.

According to police, Ms. Schlemmer, a former teacher, called 911 Tuesday morning and reported that her children might have drowned in the bathtub.

She later told police that she heard "crazy voices" and then sat on the boys in the bathtub of water, police said.

A third son, 7, was at school at the time of the incident.

Ms. Schlemmer is being held without bond at the Allegheny County Jail.

Judge Manning ordered her to undergo an evaluation at the jail's behavior clinic and also gave permission for a psychiatrist retained by the family to evaluate the woman.

Mike Manko, spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney's office, declined to comment Saturday.

First Published April 5, 2014 5:58 PM


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