Mother accused of assaulting & starving Treyanna Summerville

WWNY Mother accused of assaulting & starving Treyanna Summerville

GOUVERNEU, N.Y. (WWNY) - Treyanna Summerville died after being assaulted and starved in her Rowley Street home in Gouverneur.

And her mother, Lashanna Charlton, never called for an ambulance, even though the 18 year old was unconscious.

That’s what’s alleged in court documents obtained Monday by 7 News.

Charlton was charged last Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter after turning herself in to state police.

The court documents say Summerville was assaulted and that between June 18 and 22, Charlton failed to seek treatment for her. It was on June 22 that someone called 911 to have emergency responders go to the home.

A state trooper arrived first, but a 911 call log obtained by 7 News indicates Summerville was already dead.

The felony complaint by state police Investigator Steven Bos alleges that both the assault and malnourishment contributed to Summerville’s death and that Charlton was involved in both.

“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,” said Pasqua.

Isiah Samuels, Charlton’s stepson, has said he and Treyanna endured years of abuse at Charlton’s hands and that authorities did little.

He says the allegations in the complaint are more of the same. There was a “Justice for Treyanna” rally Monday outside Gouverneur Town Court.

“I just have, so many people have so many questions. There’s just more to it,” said Jennifer Baxtron, Justice for Treyanna protest organizer.

The felony complaint offers a clue as to why Charlton was charged with manslaughter and not murder. It says her failure to seek medical help for her daughter “shows a conscious disregard for her life and created a substantial and unjustifiable risk.”

A 13 year old, who a family member has identified as Treyanna’s sister, was charged with Treyanna’s murder four weeks ago.

It’s alleged Charlton also contributed to the assault. She appeared in court Wednesday.

Another hearing for Charlton scheduled for Monday was waived to county court.

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