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Head football coach Jesse Shay talks about Red Lion Area Senior High School football players Stone Hill and Nick Mankin after they were killed in a crash in June 2015.
Paul Kuehnel

Jodie Tierney, 46, of Windsor Township, is standing trial in the York County Court of Common Pleas on two counts of endangering the welfare of children, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses.

Jodie Tierney said she and her husband, Stephen, had been through “hell.”

On June 16, 2015, Stone Hill, 17, of Delta, and Nick Mankin, 16, of Felton, died in a car crash after leaving the Tierney residence. They were both football players at Red Lion Area Senior High School and would have been seniors that fall.

The teenagers knew the Tierneys’ oldest son and would frequently sleep over. Later, Jodie Tierney told Tina Hill, Stone’s mother, that she had no knowledge about whether he’d been drinking at the home.

“I mean, I don’t feel the same grief that you do. Because, you know, Stone wasn’t my son. But I am like, ‘He was like my son,’” said Jodie Tierney, 46, of Windsor Township, in a phone call on Aug. 21, 2015. “And I said, ‘We haven’t even been able to grieve right because people keep bringing up this rumor.’”

The Pennsylvania State Police secretly recorded the phone call, which prosecutors played Monday as Jodie Tierney’s trial on two counts of endangering the welfare of children, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses continued in the York County Court of Common Pleas. She appeared to contradict the testimony of several witnesses.

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