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Prosecutor seeks more charges against pair

February 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Additional charges have been filed against a couple arrested for alleged drug offenses earlier this year.
Janel M. Creech, 36, and Travis A. Wonderly, 21 were charged Jan. 7 with manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related offenses in connection with a Jan. 3 incident that resulted in the death of Creech’s 5-month-old baby girl.
On Friday, Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler filed an additional charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death against both suspects. The charge is a Class A felony.
According to the prosecuting attorney’s office, results of the baby girl’s autopsy have not come back and Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer will have the final say on whether the couple will face the additional charge.
Creech and Wonderly are both incarcerated in Whitley County Jail and Creech was also charged with violating her probation, a charge police were prepared to arrest her on before the Jan. 3 incident.
Police and emergency medical crews were called to the Creech/Wonderly residence at 730 Camden Drive Jan. 3.
At the scene, five-month-old Taylor Lynn Creech was rushed to Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
As a result of the 911 call, police found evidence of a meth lab and the residence was then condemned by Indiana State Police and the Whitley County Health Department.
Creech and Wonderly have both requested public defenders and have pre-trial conferences set for Feb. 22 and Feb. 28 respectively.

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