Santa Rosa, CA – September 26, 2018 – Defendant
Danielle Foernsler, aka Danielle Falleto of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on
September 25, 2018 by the Honorable Judge Bradley Demeo to the maximum term of 19
years 4 months in state prison after she pled no contest in July of this year
to negligently contributing to the death of her sixteen year old son on April
16, 2018. The July plea violated Foernsler’s probation grant for two prior
robbery convictions and resulted in Judge Demeo imposing the maximum term of
nineteen years, four months in the California Department of Corrections and
Attorney Ravitch stated, “We concur with the court’s comments regarding the
callousness exhibited by the defendant in this case. She has shown herself to
be a poor probation candidate and is well deserving of a lengthy prison term.”
On April 15,
2018 Ms. Foernsler ingested drugs with her sixteen year old son at her
acquaintance’s home. Ms. Foernsler was sleeping in a bedroom in the house when
the boy went into medical distress. The acquaintance, Robert Harrison, noticed
the boy was having trouble breathing and tried to revive him. Harrison banged
on the bedroom door and urged Ms. Foernsler to assist him. After some time, Ms.
Foernsler emerged from the bedroom and helped Harrison load the boy into a
pick-up truck, ostensibly to bring him to a hospital. Ms. Foernsler then ran
while the boy was barely breathing. Meanwhile, a bystander noticed the child was
in distress and called 911 to request assistance. Medical personnel arrived,
but it was too late: the boy died.
yesterday’s sentencing hearing the courtroom was packed with the family and
friends of the victim. Several family members gave impassioned statements
expressing their grief for the loss of the child and their outrage at Ms.
Foernsler’s cruel behavior. Judge Demeo remarked that Ms. Foernsler’s conduct
was “especially callous.”
The case was investigated by the Petaluma Police
Department and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Marianna Green.