Carlisle mom, 18, arrested, charged in Warren County baby-remains case

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 2:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 10:30 PM

Investigators back on scene of site where baby's remains found

UPDATE @ 9:03 p.m.:  An 18-year-old Carlisle woman is in jail, charged with one count of reckless homicide in the baby-remains case. 

>>PREVIOUS REPORT: Anthropologist examining remains of baby found in Carlisle yard

Brooke Richardson was arrested about 8 p.m. and taken to the Warren County Jail pending arraignment Friday morning in Franklin Municipal Court, according to a statement from the Warren County Sheriff's Office released minutes ago. 

>>FIRST REPORT: Remains found behind home in Carlisle believed to be stillborn baby

She is the mother, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

The investigation into the remains is still under investigation, sheriff's Lt. John Faine said in the statement, and anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff's office.

Brooke Richardson (Courtesy/Warren County Jail)

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m.:  

Soil samples have been taken from the backyard of the home in Carlisle where the remains of a baby were found July 14, as part of a forensic anthropologist's work on the investigation so far, Doyle Burke, Warren County Coroner’s investigator, said. 

One of the reasons investigators returned to the home is that they are still working to determine whether the child was stillborn or a live birth, he said. 

Today's backyard dig included a fire pit and the area around it. 

"We have learned more. That's why we're back out here," Burke said. 

The samples, placed in buckets investigators brought to the scene, will be taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m. (July 20):  

Crime tape again surrounds part of the home on Eagle Ridge Drive in Carlisle, where remains believed to be that of an infant were discovered Friday. 

A Warren County Sheriff's car and the coroner's investigator are parked in front of the home. 

Orange buckets are visible in the backyard. Investigators are digging in the backyard where they found the remains.

We're working to find out what brought investigators back to the address.

EARLIER REPORT (July 17)

A local doctor’s office alerted Carlisle police Friday that a Carlisle teenager might have delivered a stillborn infant, according to a police report.

Later that night, Carlisle police and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies dug up the remains of an infant in the backyard of a residence in the 100 block of Eagle Ridge Drive. The remains were taken to the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory for analysis, sheriff’s Lt. John Faine said.

Investigators think that the remains found had been buried for “maybe 10 to 12 weeks,” but the coroner will determine how long the remains were there.

Faine said initial reports led investigators to believe the remains were a stillborn baby, but Warren County Coroner Dr. Russell Uptegrove said it’s too early to determine whether human remains unearthed by authorities are from a stillborn baby.

He added his department may never know if the baby was stillborn or alive at birth.

The Carlisle police report listed the mother as 18. This news agency isn’t naming her because she hasn’t been charged.

Faine said the investigation is continuing, and it may take one to two weeks before his department releases more information regarding the infant. He also refused to release the infant’s gender.

On Monday afternoon — unlike Friday night when a tent was erected in the backyard of the home on Eagle Ridge Drive — it was quiet on the street. No one answered the door at the home, and several neighbors refused comment or said they weren’t home Friday.

Carlisle Police Chief Mike Bruck told this news outlet on Monday afternoon the sheriff’s office was investigating, and he had nothing new to report.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the sheriff’s office, 513-695-1522.

U.S. marshal killed, officer wounded while serving warrant in Pennsylvania

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:26 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Multiple police officers were shot Thursday morning in Harrisburg, according to the Dauphin County district attorney. (Photo via WPXI.com)
Multiple police officers were shot Thursday morning in Harrisburg, according to the Dauphin County district attorney. (Photo via WPXI.com)

A deputy U.S. marshal was killed and a police officer was injured Thursday morning when authorities said they were shot while serving a search warrant, according to multiple reports.

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PennLive.com reported that a deputy U.S. marshal was killed in the shooting, which happened around 6:30 a.m. in Harrisburg.

Montgomery County to launch mental health court docket today

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:55 AM


            Montgomery County Common Pleas Court is adding a mental health court docket.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court is adding a mental health court docket.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor will inaugurate the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court’s mental health docket today.

The specialty docket will be the fourth such individualized effort, joining the county’s drug treatment, veterans’ and women’s treatment court.

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O’Connor, the state’s first woman chief justice, will deliver the keynote address inaugurating the docket in the courtroom of Judge Gregory Singer.

Neighbors of parents accused of holding 13 kids captive describe family as odd, reclusive

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:12 AM

13 Siblings Held Captive In California "House of Horrors"

Neighbors described the reportedly nightmarish situation at the Turpin home, where parents David and Louise allegedly kept their 13 children shackled to their beds and malnourished, as seeming like a “cult.”

Former neighbors said the children were made to march around for hours in the middle of the night, they told the New York Post.

A man named Mike, who did not want to give his full name and was a neighbor of the Turpins when they lived in Murrieta, California, told the Post, “I thought they were like a cult. They would march back and forth on the second story at night. The light would be on the whole time, and they would be marching the kids back and forth.”

>> Police: 13 siblings held captive in California residence

Mike said he would arrive home late from his job at a hospital and see the children marching through the upstairs rooms of the Turpin home between midnight and 3 a.m.

David and Louis Turpin were arrested Sunday in their Perris, California, home after one of their daughters called police for help, saying she had managed to escape the house with a cellphone. When police arrived, they reportedly found the siblings, ages 2 to 29, living in squalor and looking very thin, with several of the kids shackled to furniture.

Mike said his wife, Myrna, called the family “clones,” saying the Turpins all spoke “robotically, in a monotone and at the same” time during the few occasions on which Myrna interacted with them at a local grocer.

However, Mike told the Post that he and Myrna never called the police because they didn’t see anything that suggested they needed to. They just thought the parents were a bit odd.

Mike, as well former neighbors from when the Turpins owned a farm in Rio Vista, Texas — which the family left due to foreclosure — remarked on the amount of trash that the family accumulated.

“I ended up calling the police because of the trash and everything that was left there,” said former Texas neighbor Randy McClain. “There was a brand new pickup truck covered in [trash] — a whole truck bed full and overflowing to the ground with trash: diapers, Spam cans, potted meat cans, just overflowing.”

The Daily Mail got access to the Turpin’s Perris backyard and found a Disney-themed fountain situated in a messy yard in which “piles of metal pipes could be seen strewn around, along with a rusty set of metal garden furniture and some diaper boxes.”

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Through the screen door, the Daily Mail spied piles of clutter, including what appear to be stacked books, within the house.

Neighbor Leticia Gomez, 45, who lives directly behind the Turpin home, told the Daily Mail that she wasn’t aware there were any kids in the house. She described the Turpins’ garden as unkempt and “scruffy.”

Another neighbor, Andria Valdez, said she did know there were children living in the home and that she had seen them before. She joked that the Turpins reminded her of the vampire family in the “Twilight” books and movies, because they were “really, really pale” and “only came out at night.”

Report of person down prompts police investigation in Trotwood

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:36 AM

Police respond to report of 'person down' in Trotwood

Police are investigating after they were called to reports of a person down in Trotwood early Thursday.

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Officers were dispatched to the area of Free Pike and Hermosa Drive around 2 a.m. 

As of 4 a.m., police remain on scene.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.