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Nanticoke, Pa. parents face charges in infant’s death

May 29. 2014 11:00PM

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NANTICOKE — A couple are expected to surrender today on charges they caused the death of their 2 1/2-month-old son in February.

City police on Wednesday filed involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges against Tracey Ann Gonda, 40, and Corey L. Eckrote, 49, last known address as East Noble Street, with District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke.

Gonda is further charged with reckless endangerment and providing false reports to law enforcement.

Whittaker’s office on Thursday would not release the criminal complaints against Gonda and Eckrote until they are arraigned, which is expected to happen this morning.

No one answered the door early Thursday afternoon at 340 E. Noble St., where Gonda and Eckrote were last known to reside.

A Facebook posting on Feb. 16 indicated Corey Eckrote was moving and looking for someone to take his dog.

It was not known Thursday if the couple are represented by an attorney.

City police said Jaxon Joseph Eckrote was found dead inside the East Noble Street residence just before 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross conducted an autopsy on the boy at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Feb. 15.

Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman did not release results of the autopsy until April 22, finding that the boy died from asphyxiation.

The cause of death was a homicide, Lisman said.

Law enforcement sources said Gonda was sleeping in a bed, rolled onto the child and suffocated him.

The boy’s obituary identified Corey Eckrote and Gonda as his parents.

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