Lewisburg mom gets no mercy from judge
SUNBURY — A Lewisburg woman will get no mercy from a Northumberland County judge. Judge Charles H. Saylor decided he will not lesson the sentence of the mother that left her infant home alone for hours in a hot room, resulting in the child’s death.
On Thursday, Saylor issued an order outlining his decision to uphold the 12 to 60 year state prison term he gave 30-year-old Heidi S. Yocum in January. Yocum pled guilty to misdemeanor endangering the welfare of children for the death of her 1-year-old daughter, Aneela Loner.
The infant died from hyperthermia in October 2010. In his statement, Saylor said, “The consequences of (Yocum’s) failure to follow any normal maternal instinct on the day and evening in question resulted in a tragic outcome for a helpless 1-year-old child.”