Neighbors, Parents Defend Mom Accused Of Killing Daughter
Mignano has been charged with murder in the July 4, 2004 death of 15-year-old Ashley Mignano. The teenager had cerebral palsy and used a ventilator to breathe. She also took the anticonvulsant drug Phenobarbital to control epileptic seizures.
Police arrested Mignano when Ashley's death was reported as suspicious after she was rushed to a hospital because of a heart attack.
An autopsy report later showed that Ashley's body had 106.97 micrograms per milliliter of Phenobarbital. The prescribed range is less than 40 micrograms per milliliter. More than 60 is lethal, the report indicated.
Earlier this month, a grand jury was ordered in the case to determine whether Mignano should face charges. The grand jury is scheduled to convene November 1.
Mignano's neighbors, along with parents of other children with similar disabilities, defended the mother. One said she was "getting a bum rap".
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