Case Update: Details Released about Treyanna Summerville’s Cause of Death After Mom Bonds Out of Jail

Treyanna Summerville
18-year-old Treyanna Summerville.

Do I have some grim news for you guys this morning.

As I gleefully reported last week, Lashanna Charlton, the mother of 18-year-old-Treyanna Summerville, turned herself in at the New York State Police barracks in Gouverneur, New York on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 and was charged with manslaughter.

Treyanna was found dead in the family’s home at 135 Rowley Street in Gouverneur in the early morning hours of June 22. 

Well, my glee didn’t last long, because on Thursday, July 16, Lashanna posted $50,000 bond and was released from St. Lawrence County Jail. 

Treyanna’s 13-year-old sister has been charged with murder in the death of her 18-year-old sister, although next to no one believes she was actually responsible for it.

To make matters worse, court documents were obtained by 7 News this week revealing some of the details of Treyanna’s brutal death. The documents state that Treyanna was assaulted on or around June 18, and her “mother,” Lashanna, failed to seek treatment for her between June 18 and June 22 as the girl lay unconscious in the home.

Lashanna Charlton's booking photo
Lashanna Charlton’s booking photo.

On June 22, someone called 911, summoning emergency responders to the home. Treyanna was declared dead on the scene. 

According to a felony complaint by New York state police Investigator Steven Bos, Lashanna contributed “substantially to malnourishment and assault,” both of which led to Treyanna’s death.

The complaint states that Lashanna’s “failure to seek proper medical assistance or her” justifies the manslaughter charge and “shows a conscious disregard for her life and created a substantial and justifiable risk.”

District Attorney Gary Pasqua said, “The investigation by the New York State Police is ongoing, which we are a part of, and that investigation will continue for the foreseeable future.”

A hearing was scheduled on Monday, July 20 for Lashanna, but it was waived due to the case being transferred to St. Lawrence County Court.

Click here for my ongoing coverage of Treyanna’s case.

Sources: WWNY 7 News, North Country Public Radio

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