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Lucasville woman charged with manslaughter in infant’s death

Scioto County Sheriff's Office, Press Release

Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman and Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer announced that a Lucasville woman has been arrested on multiple charges as a result of an ongoing investigation into the death of a baby.

Sheriff Thoroughman stated that Det. Sgt. Jodi Conkel, working jointly with Det. Tori Galloway of the Portsmouth Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim Unit, started an investigation on March 14.

The investigation began after they had received a report of a female giving birth at a home in Portsmouth, and the baby was deceased.

Detectives responded to the hospital and collected evidence as well as statements. The stillborn infant was sent to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.  

As a result of the investigation the case was presented to the Scioto County grand jury on Friday, April 14, which resulted in a secret indictment warrant being issued.

Arrested was Mahala Hughes, 22, of Lucasville. Hughes has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, a felony of the first degree; one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a felony of the fifth degree; and two counts of endangering children, a felony of the third degree.

Sheriff Thoroughman stated that this joint investigation is still ongoing, and it could result in more charges being presented at a later date.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.