Ashante Inniss, 28, pleaded guilty Thursday, June 2, before Ulster County Judge Bryan Rounds to the felonies of criminally negligent homicide and criminal contempt, according to a press release from the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced to one to three years in state prison on each of the charges. The sentences are to run concurrently.
The criminally negligent homicide case stems from an April 18, 2020, incident in which Inniss left his 6-month-old daughter unattended in the bathtub with the water running for approximately 25 minutes, the release said. The water began to build up and when Inniss returned to the bathtub, he found his daughter floating in the water and immediately called 911. Members of the Kingston Police Department attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but were unable to save the baby.
Inniss was arrested later that evening, authorities said.
The criminal contempt charge against Inniss stems from a domestic violence-related incident that occurred on Nov. 10, 2020, in which he slashed the tires on his girlfriend’s car and was in her presence while she had a full stay-away order of protection against him, the release said.
The case was prosecuted by Ulster County Assistant District Attorney and General Felonies Unit Chief Paul Derohannesian. Innis was represented by attorney Jason Richland from the Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office and attorney Royce Russell of Manhattan.