Police & Courts

Quincy woman pleads guilty to charge in son's drowning

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 27, 2017 3:55 pm

QUINCY -- A Quincy woman who pleaded guilty to a charge in connection with the July 2016 drowning of her toddler son faces up to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Janifer J. Doellman, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the life of a child Monday in Adams County Circuit Court. She also pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine stemming from a Feb. 27 arrest.

Doellman would be eligible for probation as part of the negotiated plea. She will be sentenced Feb. 1.

The Quincy Police Department said 18-month-old Niall R. Clark drowned July 27, 2016, in a pool behind the family's home at 606 Jackson. Emergency personnel were called to the home just before noon and found the child unresponsive. CPR was immediately started, but the child was pronounced dead at Blessing Hospital.

First Assistant State's Attorney Todd Eyler said Quincy police officers would testify that neighbors told them that Doellman had allowed the child to be unattended in the pool. She was reportedly sleeping inside the house at the time.

Doellman was arrested on the drug charge after a search warrant was served by the West Central Illinois Task Force at 821 N. 22nd.

She is being held in the Adams County Jail on $30,000 bond.

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