AUSTERLITZ — Steven Bennett and Heidi Tranberg-Bennett of Austerlitz were charged by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and arraigned Monday in Columbia County Court on a charge of second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony, in the death of a 12-year-old child.
Bennett and Tranberg-Bennett failed to seek and obtain timely medical care for the child, who had been showing symptoms of pneumonia and end-stage kidney disease, including swollen legs and swollen abdomen, according to court papers.
The symptoms grew worse over the period of at least one week and the child died last Dec. 6.
The child was taken by ambulance from her home on Route 9 in Austerlitz last Dec. 5. She was found unresponsive by emergency medical technicians with the Chatham Rescue Squad.
The girl was brought from her home to Columbia Memorial Health in Hudson and was then transferred to Albany Medical Center.
Doctors and nurses attempted to revive the girl but were unsuccessful.
Physicians at Albany Medical Center pronounced the child dead on Dec. 6, according to court documents.
Bennett and Tranberg-Bennett were released from court Monday on their own recognizance.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the case. Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka said the investigation is ongoing.