Woman in custody following infant's death, faces obstruction of justice charges with mother of child

Was wanted for other endangering children charges
Posted at 7:08 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 12:52:35-04

A 25-year-old woman is in police custody in Stark County after police were called to a Motel 6 in Jackson Township for the death of an 18-month-old boy.

The child's babysitter called 911 early Monday morning to report the boy was not breathing.

The 18-month-old was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Officials are waiting on an autopsy for an official cause of death. 

According to police records, Jasmin Nance was arrested at the scene for separate charges of endangering children filed last year in Cuyahoga County.

An April 2016 police report obtained by News 5 said Nance, "abused and assaulted" her own children, including an 8-month-old baby and 5-year-old twins. 

Nance has not been charged in Stark County.

At the time of her arrest, she gave police several aliases to conceal her identity. She also faces charges of obstructing official business in Jackson Township.

The child's mother, Stephanie M. Buchanan, has also been charged with obstructing official business. 

According to reports, Buchanan, 26, misled law enforcement by providing aliases for Nance and misleading officers regarding her relationship to Nance. 

Buchanan's four other children are in custody of Stark County Protective Services.