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Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 @ 4:42 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 04, 2016 @ 6:22 PM
PLEASANT TWP., Clark County —
A Clark County couple appeared in court Thursday, a day after their 4-year-old daughter wandered from home undetected and deputies later discovered the child was living in deplorable conditions.
Mother Brandi M. Sise, 30, and father Jorge A. Sise-Ochoa, 47, both of the 30 block of Wilding Way in Pleasant Twp., pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of child endangering in a Clark County Municipal Court.
Clark County deputies who found the child in a wooded area Wednesday afternoon said she was wearing a days-old diaper and had some scratches on her legs, but she wasn’t injured worse, especially in the heat. She was placed in the care of Children’s Protective Services.
Deputies charged the parents for not reporting their child missing for more than four hours after they noticed she was missing, and for the deplorable living conditions they found in the home.
The manager at the Brookside Village Mobile Home Park where the Sise family lives called 9-1-1 to report the child missing around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to sheriff’s office records. But Brandi Sise told investigators she noticed her daughter wasn’t home at 9 a.m.
When asked by dispatchers why she waited for several hours before calling deputies, the mother said her phone had been shut off and she couldn’t borrow a neighbor’s phone because they weren’t home. Sise can be heard crying on the 9-1-1 recording, saying to dispatchers, “I want my little girl back.”
The girl was found in a densely wooded area about a quarter of a mile from her home, crying and only wearing a T-shirt and a “very soiled diaper,” said Clark County Deputy Jolene Irons, who found the child.
A body camera Irons was wearing during the search captured images and sounds from the rescue.
The child can be heard screaming in the video. When Irons heard the child, she said a sense of relief filled her.
“A flood of emotion going on — I tried to stay calm for her, it was an emotional time for everyone on scene,” Irons said.
The deputy was worried about the child missing for hours in the summer heat.
“If the elements would have gotten to her it would have been horrible,” Irons said, adding the child was in a shaded area.
Before deputies found the girl, they searched her mobile home, Irons said. They found “horrible” conditions inside of the Sise’s mobile home.
Walls with exposed wiring, trash covering the child’s bedroom floor and no bedding are some of the reasons the sheriff’s office filed criminal charges against the parents, Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said.
“The conditions inside this home were truly unfit for any human … to live under,” Kelly said.
Brandi Sise was visibly upset during her court appearance.
Her husband Jorge Sise declined to comment Thursday, but his sister, Elizabeth Sise, called the incident a misunderstanding.
The 4-year-old is a “rambunctious” girl and managed to slip out of the home, Elizabeth Sise said.
Dozens of people in the neighborhood stepped in to help search for the child once Brandi Sise told them what was happening, said Diane Massie, who lives two doors away from the Sise’s home.
“(The mother’s) crying her eyes out, the father’s running yard to yard — it was just crazy,” Massie said.
Another neighbor suggested looking in the woods where the girl was found, Massie said, because he had taken the child there with his family.
The search for the girl was a reminder for all parents, Massie said.
“You got to watch your kids. There’s so many dangers out here,” she said.
Jorge Sise is scheduled to appear in court again today with a public defender, according to court records.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:33 AM
LAKE WALES, Fla. — Lake Wales police are searching for those responsible for detonating an improvised explosive device near the entrance of the JC Penney at the Eagle Ridge Mall Sunday evening.
Firefighters responded to reports of an explosion at the mall on 451 Eagle Ridge Drive around 5:20 p.m.
Firefighters quickly determined an IED had been detonated in a corridor located next to the mall entrance of JC Penney, officials said.
Improvised explosive device detonated near JC Penney at Lake Wales mall https://t.co/4lXFZKQkr6— WFTV Eyewitness News (@WFTV) January 22, 2018
Firefighters said they also found a backpack in the same corridor with another possible IED inside.
There were no injuries as a result of the explosion, officials said, but the mall was evacuated.
A drop ceiling and the corridor wall sustained damage from the explosion, officials said.
After speaking with witnesses, police said they are looking for a person of interest described as a stocky, middle-aged white man wearing a gray shirt and hat.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:39 AM
HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — Police in Henry County searched a hotel in McDonough on Monday morning after getting reports of an armed man at the hotel.
Video: HUGE police, deputy presence at Home 2 Suites on Mill Rd. in McDonough. Officers say man entered business w/ guns, said concerning things to employees. pic.twitter.com/YbhhVoabTG— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) January 22, 2018
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:31 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:35 PM
XENIA — UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m. (Jan. 22):
A 15-year-old boy was arrested for his alleged involvement in a shooting police said is “the result of a revenge fight that was setup to happen on Pocahontas.”
Police responded to the shooting around 8:15 p.m. Sunday.
According to investigators, the victim was a 17-year-old male, who was shot in the abdomen and is in stable condition at Kettering Medical Center.
Charges against the 15-year-old are pending.
UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m. (Jan. 21):
A male was shot tonight at the intersection of Pocahontas and South Detroit streets after a report of an altercation between the suspect and victim, police said.
A Xenia detective at the crime scene did not say whether the victim was an adult or juvenile, and said his condition was not available.
Police also did not release information about the suspect, but no arrest has been made.
Police are investigating a shooting that happened tonight in the area of Pocahontas and South Detroit streets in Xenia.
The shooting was reported around 8:15 p.m.
According to initial reports, the victim was headed to Greene Memorial Hospital. The victim’s name, age and condition were not available.
The suspect is possibly a juvenile, according to reports.
We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 6:30 AM
Although the children in the home, ages 2 to 29, were only allowed to bathe twice a year and eat once a day, they were allowed to write in journals, authorities said. District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in a press conference that the children kept hundreds of journals, and he believes they will be “very significant” in the upcoming court case, the Desert Sun reports. Hestrin added that he thinks the journals will provide “strong evidence of what occurred in that home.”
Researchers are also interested in the journals as they detail the firsthand accounts of the alleged abuse. One academic told the Desert Sun: “There is a good chance that being able to write may have kept them sane. In an interesting way, this may have helped them come to terms with the bizarre world they lived in.” He even compared them to the journals kept by Anne Frank.
The journals could prove valuable for prosecutors as they might provide evidence that could be used to cross-examine the parents, David and Louise Turpin. The Turpins are facing life in prison for a series of charges, including torture.
The journals have not been made public, and law enforcement officials are currently in the process of reviewing them.
The conditions in the home were unimaginable, authorities said. The children reportedly were beaten and chained to furniture. Neighbors recalled seeing them marching during the night. They were discovered when one girl escaped and managed to find a police officer, authorities said.