Parents Indicted For Space Heater Death Of 16 Month Old Toddler

Posted on 8/5/2013

Defendant: Michael Wilder And Greta Sahatciu

Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned indictments on Michael L. Wilder, age 29, and Greta Sahatciu, age 23, in connection to the July 1st death of 16 month old Maiya Wilder. Wilder has been indicted for one count (F-1) Involuntary Manslaughter, one count (F-3) Endangering Children, and two counts (M-1) Endangering Children, for a total of four counts. Sahatciu has been indicted for one count (F-3) Tampering with Evidence and three counts (M-1) Endangering Children, for a total of four counts. It is alleged that the toddler died after being left alone in a room with a space heater on for an extended period of time. It is further alleged that there was extreme neglect of the couple’s other surviving two children, ages 2 and 4, who have since been removed from the home. “If found guilty on these charges, Wilder faces up to 11 years and Sahatciu faces up to 3 years incarceration”, O’Brien stated. Arraignment for both defendants  is set for this Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 1:30 pm in courtroom 2A at 345 S. High Street.