County of Conviction: HampshireConvicted of: Death of a Child by a Custodian by Child AbuseSentence: 40 years
Time Served: 11 years
WVIP Involvement: Freed Client
Mr. Mongold’s conviction arose from the collapse and death of his two-year old step-daughter, Hannah. The collapse took place on May 16, 2004. At the time of the collapse, Mr. Mongold was the only adult present, and he immediately called 9-1-1. Two days later, while Hannah was at Johns Hopkins Hospital, life support was removed and she passed away. The state charged Jeremiah with shaking Hannah to death. Although the state alleged that Hannah died from Shaken Baby Syndrome, a comprehensive medical account of Hannah's health before her collapse and during her treatment established that Hannah died from natural causes. Mr. Mongold's conviction was reversed on May 5, 2016.
Check out his interview with Common Bonds about his wrongful conviction here.
Jeremiah also was interviewed by the Actual Innocence Podcast, which you can listen to here.
Below is a photo of Jeremiah speaking to students at the WVU College of Law about his wrongful conviction.