New Straitsville mother charged after 2-year-old dies from dehydration

NEW STRAITSVILLE, OH (WCMH) — In March, the Perry County Coroner said the toddler died from dehydration and ruled her death a homicide. Now, the child’s mother has been charged in her death.

Crystal M. Carsey, faces child endangering, involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide charges after the 2-year-old died last January.

In March, NBC4 spoke with Carsey. “I feel like my heart is broke, I am not holding up, the only thing that is keeping me sane is I have three other beautiful babies,” she said.

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“This child died because she was not provided enough fluid and died of dehydration,” said Dr. Bradley C. Wilson, Perry County’s Coroner.

Wilson said police obtained a search warrant to get in the home. They then found the toddler’s second-floor bedroom very hot, measuring 98 degrees.

Wilson said the toddler was unclothed and had a tiny bit of water left in a sippy cup inside the crib. The girl was found on the floor where first responders and Carsey had tried to revive her.

“They said do CPR on her and I couldn’t get her to wake up,” Carsey told NBC4 in March.

The autopsy was performed in Licking County and Dr. Wilson said it revealed other findings.

“She was underweight and malnourished,” Wilson said.

The mother said that is because the toddler was taken by air ambulance to a Huntington, West Virginia hospital last November. At the time, she was sick and not eating.

Doctor Wilson claims the toddler’s death is a case neglect. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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