Saralin April Walden
Photo: BUTLER COUNTY JAIL
Photo: BUTLER COUNTY JAIL

Hamilton mother indicted in death of infant

A 25-year-old Hamilton woman charged in the death of her baby is now in the Butler County Jail.

Saralin April Walden was booked shortly before 5 p.m. Monday into the Butler County Jail. She is charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering children in the Oct. 28 death of her baby.

Walden was arrested at the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati, where Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said last week she was being held on unrelated drug charges.

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A Hamilton woman has been indicted in the death of her baby last fall, according to court documents.

Saralin Walden, 25, of the 100 block of Jeff Scott Lane, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury last week for involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and child endangering, a third-degree felony.

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The child was injured on Oct. 23 and was pronounced dead five days later at a Cincinnati hospital, according to prosecutors.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said he couldn’t discuss specifics of the case, but he said Walden hasn’t been arrested yet because she is in the Hamilton County Jail on drug charges.

“She will be brought back to Butler County at the conclusion of that case there …,” Gmoser said. “We have a holder on her in Hamilton County, and when she is released from their custody, we will bring her back here. She will be arrested, processed and arraigned within 48 hours.”

Walden was charged with felony aggravated possession of drugs in December and is being held without bond. There is a hearing scheduled for Monday in Cincinnati on that case.

The case involving the death of Walden’s child is assigned to Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater.

Officials could not immediately provide additional information on the age or sex of the child, but Facebook posts show Walden’s friends and family discussing the death of her daughter.

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