A Mowrystown woman was sentenced Friday in Switzerland County, Ind. on a Level One felony charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, according to Switzerland Circuit Court records.

A Level One felony results in a prison term of 20 to 40 years, according to Indiana Code. Robyn Johnson, 40, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to court records, with jail time credit of 253 days.



Johnson’s address was in Mowrystown, Ohio at the time of her arrest in September 2018, over a year after the incident for which she was charged.

In April, Johnson and her attorney, R. Patrick Magrath, “filed with the court a joint motion in tender of conditional negotiated plea,” according to court records, as a trial had been scheduled to begin July 9. Switzerland Circuit Court Judge W. Gregory Coy found Johnson guilty and sentenced her to the prison term May 17.

According to Vevay (Indiana) Newspapers, Johnson was charged following the death of her 2-year-old.

As previously reported in The Highland County Press, the Vevay Reveille Enterprise and the Switzerland Democrat wrote that Johnson’s child died June 17, 2017, one day after Johnson allegedly left Cincinnati Children’s Hospital against medical advice. According to the newspapers, it was determined that the child “was severely dehydrated, showed signs of blood infection and needed to be admitted” to the intensive care unit at the hospital June 16.

The affidavit quoted last year in the Vevay newspapers said that Johnson allegedly “declined further treatment” for the child, “insisted she was going to leave the hospital” and “stated that she was unhappy with the way the child was treated while at the emergency room.”

Fox 19 reported on April 17 that court documents show “three different doctors from Cincinnati Children’s either spoke to Johnson in-person or on the phone and asked her to bring her son back for treatment. According to an affidavit submitted by Indiana State Police, it took one doctor threatening to call the police on Johnson for her to agree to return but the next morning her son had a cardiac event and later died.”

For more on this case, go to: https://www.fox19.com/2019/04/17/mother-pleads-criminal-charge-childs-death and http://www.vevaynewspapers.com/woman-charged-with-neglect-in-childs-death-here/.