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Penny Kochel ordered to jail for death of baby granddaughter in 2009

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:03:51 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 06 2013 11:12:18 PM EST

Woman who gave grandchild morphine sentenced


A Berks County woman will spend some time in jail for giving her granddaughter a deadly dose of morphine.

Penny Kochel was sentenced Friday morning to two to 23 months behind bars for an involuntary manslaughter conviction. She was also given two years probation.

Kochel had originally been facing 3rd degree murder, but prosecutors withdrew that charge earlier in the case and replaced it with involuntary manslaughter.


Kochel's 14-month-old granddaughter, Leanna McEntee, died of a lethal dose of morphine at Kochel's home in Heidelberg Township in May 2009.

Kochel, who was babysitting at the time, said her granddaughter was cranky and wouldn't stop crying, so she gave her a "teething pill," according to court documents.