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Oregon mom accused of killing her 7-year-old son pleads not guilty to all charges

If found guilty, Safranek faces up to 90 years in prison.
Sarah Safranek
Sarah Safranek(Oregon Police Department)
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 4:34 PM CDT
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OREGON, Ill. (WIFR) - The Oregon mom accused of killing her 7-year-old son in February plead not guilty to all charges on Wednesday.

Thirty-four-year-old Sarah Safranek will be in court again June 9. She was in court this morning to answer charges of first degree murder and aggravated battery to a child, after the indictment was returned Tuesday.

An Ogle County grand jury returned an indictment against Safranek on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Safranek suffocated 7-year-old Nathaniel Burton at their Oregon home on Feb. 17. Burton died later that day at a Dixon hospital. If found guilty, Safranek faces up to 90 years in prison.

At approximately 2:35 a.m. on Feb. 17, the Oregon Police Department responded to a 911 call for a 7-year-old that was not breathing, at a residence in the 400 block of S 10th Street. When officers arrived, CPR was already in progress, and was continued by a Oregon officer until the Oregon Ambulance Service arrived on scene.

Safranek is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Robert Hanson in courtroom 204 on May 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ogle County Judicial Center, according to the Ogle County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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