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Patrick Nicholas Lerch in South Carolina with his father, Nick Greene. The child was 17 months old when he died last month in a suspected meth house in the Goodyear Heights neighborhood of Akron. (Undated, recent family photo)
17-month-old Patrick Nicholas Lerch and his father's family dog, Malon in South Carolina. Betty Caskey, Patrick's grandmother, said Malon used to watch over Patrick like he was her puppy. (Family photo)
Heather Lerch, 20 is in the Summit County Jail facing charges for illegal manufacture of drugs, Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, endangering children, drug abuse and drug paraphernalia. (summit county Jail photo)
Home of Heather Lerch on Saint Leger Avenue in the Goodyear Heights area of Akron where she was taken into custody after her 17-month old son was pronounced dead on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
Ronald Legg, one of three men jailed in connection with mutliple felony drug offenses and the death of 17-month-old Patrick Nicholas Lerch in suspected Akron meth house.
Randy Legg, one of three men jailed in connection with mutliple felony drug offenses and the death of 17-month-old Patrick Nicholas Lerch in suspected Akron meth house.
This photo of 17 month-old Patrick Nicholas Lerch, was taken by Tumekia Williams, who spent time with the child and his mother Heather at Harvest Homes on E. Market Street in Akron. (Courtesy of Tumekia Williams)
A copy of a Dan and Kimberly Clark family photo of Heather Lerch with her 17-month-old son, Patrick Nicholas. Heather and Patrick lived with the Clarks over the past holidays. (Photo courtesy of the Clark family)
Portrait of the Clark family (from left) Dan, Kimberly, Leslie, 17, and Christian, 15, taken at their home on Tuesday in Barberton. Heather Lerch and her 17-month-old son, Patrick Nicholas, lived with the Clark's over the past holidays. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
Gordon — a pit bull used as a bait dog in an Akron dogfighting ring — seemed to find a happy ending in January when he cuddled up with a Sandusky woman and her 1-year-old daughter who promised “Gordo” had found his forever home.