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Parents charged in FDL County baby's death

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

TOWN OF ASHFORD, WI (WTAQ) - Last year, a four-month-old baby was found dead in his crib in the Fond du Lac County town of Ashford.

Now his parents are facing charges. However, they are not for causing the infant's death.

Investigators say on July 7, 2012, Mitchell Towne told them he found his four-month-old son Greyson unresponsive in his crib with a pillow over his head.

According to the criminal complaint, Towne and the baby's mother Victoria Jarowsky told investigators they put their baby boy to sleep in his crib around 1:30 a.m., propping him up with pillows and a bottle. Towne told investigators it wasn't until close to noon when he found his son unresponsive.

Chief Deputy Mark Strand says initially the parents told investigators they watched movies and talked until going to bed about 6 a.m. But Strand says days later that story changed.

"There were some inconsistencies to their story and they were re-interviewed about 10 days later and we find out that the story that was told at the time of the incident was entirely false."

Strand says Jarowsky later told authorities they had been using drugs.

"The mother of the victim advised they smoked marijuana most of the night."

The two are now facing obstruction charges for allegedly lying to investigators.

Strand tells FOX 11 no other charges were filed in the case because the autopsy results on the baby were inconclusive as to the cause of death and investigators had little other information to go on.

"This is an atypical investigation, what you do is they follow it to its likely conclusion and you hope you are relying on truthful, credible information."

Towne and Jarowski were both given a $1,000 signature bond and are due back in court later this month.

The obstruction charge is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

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