Grand Jury Charges Mignano With Murdering Daughter
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 3, 2004
WINCHESTER, TENNESSEE--A Franklin County grand jury on Monday charged Margaret Mignano with killing her teenage daughter "intentionally and with premeditation".
The Associated Press reported that Mignano, 50, faces one count of first-degree murder in 15-year-old Ashley Mignano's death.
Ashley, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy, used a ventilator to breathe. She died on July 4 of a heart attack.
Her mother was arrested after an autopsy report revealed that her daughter's body had 106.97 micrograms per milliliter of Phenobarbital, a drug used to control epileptic seizures. The prescribed range is less than 40 micrograms per milliliter, while more than 60 is lethal, the report indicated.
Investigator Danny Warren said that other evidence had been collected in the case, but refused to discuss any details.
Mignano has not admitted any wrongdoing in the case.
The grand jury was convened to determine whether charges should be filed against Mignano, not to determine whether she is guilty.
A hearing has been set for November 12.