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‘No visible signs of trauma’ to baby who died after being pulled from filthy home

Published: Sunday, August 06, 2017 @ 6:21 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

Deceased toddler, pulled from home with 16 dead animals, ID’d

DAYTON — Police confirm a 1-year-old girl pulled from a South Torrence Street home where 16 dead animals were found inside has died.

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  • Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified child as 21-month-old Arez Marie Isabella Schrodi of Dayton. 
  • After autopsy, cause of death is still pending.
  • Mark Kumpf, the Animal Resource Center executive director, said 16 dead animals  were removed from home; three animals alive inside house.

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UPDATE @ 1:17 p.m. (Aug. 9):

A source tells this news agency, “there are no signs of trauma to the baby’s body,” referring to 21-month-old Arez Marie Isabella Schrodi.  Schrodi died after being pulled from a filthy home on Torrence Street in Dayton.

The source said, “toxicology and test results should help answer the questions as to what happened.”

UPDATE @ 12:29 p.m. (Aug. 9):

City of Dayton housing inspectors have placed a notice on this Torrence Street home that “presence on these premises is prohibited.”

UPDATE @ 2:21 p.m. (Aug. 8):

The 15 dead snakes inside this home had been contained in a type of tower of plastic trays, according to investigators with ARC and the Humane Society. Several factors could have led to the death of the animals, including lack of food or medical care. 

About 12 of the dead snakes were pythons, and the others were a type of corn snake.

The lone surviving snake was placed in foster care after being cleared by a veterinarian.

An autopsy on the child has been completed, but the cause and manner of death remains pending.

This snake was removed from Dayton home where 15 other snakes were found dead and a 1-year-old girl later died. CONTRIBUTED, Humane Society of Greater Dayton

UPDATE 10:40 a.m. (Aug. 8):

An autopsy is ongoing this morning for 21-month-old girl who died after being pulled from a home in Dayton, where 16 dead animals were found inside, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Officials said it’s possible results from the autopsy could be available this afternoon.


The dead animals included 15 snakes and one cat. 

The surviving animals include a four-foot boa constrictor-type snake and a rabbit that are now at the humane society.

The Animal Resource Center took in a shar-pei mix dog. 

Kumpf said the house was not fit for animal or human habitation.

Dayton police said There were “cleanliness issues” with a South Torrence Street house where a 1-year-old girl was removed by medics early Saturday and taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital after her grandmother found her not breathing and unresponsive.

A Montgomery County Department of Job & Family Services official confirmed, on Sunday, the agency is opening an investigation involving a woman who lives in the same Dayton house where the 1-year-old girl was found.

The agency did not have an existing open case involving the family.

A couple who identified themselves as the baby’s grandparents called 911 just before 1 a.m. to say the child was not breathing and they were performing CPR.

Police say the incident is considered “suspicious.”

The South Torrence Street house

A rusty chain link fence encloses the front yard of the family’s white two-story house in the 100 block of South Torrence Street. A lot of garbage and miscellaneous debris covers the area surrounding the front porch, which is partially covered with a makeshift roof.

“It’s kind of shocking,” neighbor Craig Jackson said tonight about the situation early this morning.

After police and medics arrived to the home, Dayton police detectives were summoned to investigate.

“It gets your attention ... because I’ve got kids, too,” neighbor Gene Smith said.

He was out walking his dog as police investigated, and Smith said he spoke with Dayton police officers. “They said there’s a bunch of dead animals, took the kids to Children Services.”

The child’s condition was not available.

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Austin package explosions: Authorities at the scene of a possible sixth bombing, one injured

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 8:38 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 8:38 PM

Package Explodes At FedEx Facility In Shertz,Texas

Authorities responded to a possible sixth explosion in south Austin at a Goodwill store that left one person injured.

Earlier Tuesday investigators linked a fifth bomb blast early Tuesday at a FedEx ground delivery facility northeast of San Antonio to the deadly package bombs in Austin. 

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Convicted Greene County child rapist gets 108-year prison sentence

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

Convicted Greene County child rapist gets 108-year prison sentence

A convicted Greene County sex offender today was sentenced to the maximum term in prison, a total of 108 years, for rape charges involving a child younger than 13.

Anthony R. Moore must serve a mandatory of 83 years in prison after being convicted of multiple counts of rape of a child under 13, rape by force and gross sexual imposition, according to proceedings today in Greene County Common Pleas Court.

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Moore had no reaction to the sentence in court.

Moore hung his head low as the victim read her statement prior to the sentence being delivered. 

Anthony R. Moore

“I thought he cared about me as a stepdaughter and I thought he loved me. He knew what he was doing and he knew it was wrong. That's all I have to say," The victim said.

The victim's father also addressed the court, stating that his daughter “has a promising future.”

"She's been through a lot of emotional, psychological things due to the defendant and we're going to overcome it,” he said. “No child should have to suffer like this. As you can see all the family is always there for her. Everybody's been through it … It ain't right and there's never any excuse for it.”

Judge Michael Buckwalter called the defendant's actions "repugnant.” 

"Immediately upon taking residence with (the mother) and her children the defendant began grooming 11-year-old (victim) for abuse,” Buckwalter said. “The defendant subjected her to a deliberate and repetitive pattern of gross sexual imposition that quickly escalated to a regular pattern of rape. He was a constant predator presence in her life to the point that she could not even enjoy a single night's sleep without fear or threat of the defendant sneaking in her room to abuse and defile her while robbing her of her innocence and the safety of her home and family … It is the court's intention and responsibility to ensure that Anthony Moore never again be alone in the presence of a child." 

Greene County Assistant Prosecutor Alice DeWine said she is grateful that the judge agreed with her recommendation to sentence Moore to the maximum possible penalty. 

“There's no reason for this defendant to ever get out of prison,” DeWine said. “Because of the heinous acts that he committed against a child, it's appropriate not only for justice for this victim, but so that no other victim has to go through this.”

DeWine said the trial was difficult for everyone, including the jury, who heard more than four hours of emotional testimony from the victim. 

"Upon the conclusion of the trial and the guilty verdicts, they were very emotional,” she said of the jury. “You hear on the news that something like this happens, but it's very different to hear it from a child who is only 14 years old."

The crimes were reported first in June 2017 when the mother of the victim, who was known to the defendant, contacted Xenia police, according to court records.

The mother told police she was sleeping on the couch and her daughter was sleeping in her bed when the defendant got in bed with her daughter, according to the detective’s statement that led to Moore’s arrest on July 2, 2017.

DeWine said that incident was “count 19,” and investigators eventually learned that the abuse had been going on since the girl was 11.

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Clark County lawyers: Deputy ‘reasonably’ thought photographer had gun

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:23 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Watch as body cam video shows when a deputy fires his weapon and shoots Andy Grimm, a photographer for the New Carlisle News.

It reasonably appeared to Clark County Deputy Jacob Shaw that a news photographer he shot in September had a gun and was a potential danger to the public, lawyers for Clark County allege in their response to a lawsuit.

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Photographer Andy Grimm sued the deputy, Clark County and the city of New Carlisle in December, seeking damages for what he called “excessive use of force and violation of Mr. Grimm’s constitutional and common law rights.”

Grimm, a photographer for the New Carlisle News, was shot by Shaw on Sept. 4 on Main Street in New Carlisle while preparing to take photos of the deputy at a traffic stop. Shaw can be heard on body camera footage obtained by the Springfield News-Sun apologizing to Grimm and saying he believed his camera to be a weapon.

“Defendants aver that it reasonably appeared to Deputy Shaw that Andrew Grimm possessed a firearm under the conditions facing him, in the course and scope of his employment, and in good faith, to make a split-second decision to discharge his weapon in order to protect the public and himself from perceived deadly harm,” the response from the county’s lawyers says.

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Much of the county’s response is denying several of the allegations in the lawsuit. Grimm’s actions that night might have played a role in the shooting, the county’s response says.

“Plaintiff Andrew Grimm’s own contributory and or comparative negligence and/or assumption of the risk may have caused or contributed to cause the injuries and damages of which he complains,” the response says.

Grimm declined to comment on Tuesday and the county’s attorneys haven’t responded to requests for comment.

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In the lawsuit, Grimm says he suffered serious injuries and financial suffering that he believes the county is responsible for.

“The nature of the injury has caused plaintiff to lose wages for time taken off to heal from the injury,” it says. “The loss of wages suffered by Andrew Grimm is serious and of a nature that no reasonable person could be expected to endure.”

The lawsuit also alleges Grimm’s wife, Melanie Grimm and KBA News LLC, which publishes the New Carlisle News, have suffered due to the shooting.

“Plantiff KBA News, LLC asserts loss of business profits as local law enforcement agencies have retaliated against the business in response to the events of Sept. 4,” the lawsuit says.

In a statement sent to the Springfield News-Sun previously, attorney’s for the county said the defendants aren’t responsible.

“We cannot comment regarding claims against Deputy Shaw because there is an ongoing investigation,” a statement released by the attorneys says. “Clark County and the city of New Carlisle deny all claims against them.”

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations is handling the investigation into the deputy-involved shooting. That investigation likely will head to a grand jury soon, spokesman Dan Tierney said. He declined further comment.

The sheriff’s office has said it will do an internal investigation into Shaw’s actions after the state’s investigation is completed. Shaw returned to duty in October, reassigned then to the jail.

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West Chester man sentenced for child pornography charges: ‘I am ashamed’

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:53 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:23 PM

Larry Staley has been placed on probation and will be classified as a Tier II sex offender after pleading guilty to charges involving child pornography.

A West Chester Twp. man has been placed on probation and classified as a Tier II sex offender after pleading guilty to charges involving child pornography.

Larry Dale Staley, 58, of the 8300 block of Birchstone Court, was indicted in October by a Butler County grand jury on 20 charges. In February, he entered guilty pleas to six counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony. The remaining charges were merged.

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Staley faced up to nine years in prison, but told Judge Charles Pater before sentencing that he has sought treatment for alcoholism as well as urges to view pornographic images of children.

Larry Dale Staley (far right), of West Chester Twp., is sentenced March 20 after pleading guilty to six counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.(LAUREN PACK/STAFF)

Defense attorney Douglas Nicholas pointed out that Staley has no criminal past other than OVI arrests. The defense attorney said Staley is also caring for his elderly father to avoid placing him in a nursing home

“When he was drinking, that is when all this activity occurred,” Nicholas said.

Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Lindsay Sheehan said copious amounts of child images were found in Staley’s residence that had been there for years, some printed out and hidden in trash bags.

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“These pornography photos involved very young pre-pubescent children,” Sheehan said, noting they were all of girls under the age of 10. The young victims are not known.

“Each time that image is viewed, accessed, printed and kept — that is is creating a market through this type of crime,” she said.

The alleged crimes occurred on or about Feb. 16, 2016, according to the indictment. The crimes involved images downloaded, and there is no indication local children were involved, according to the prosecutor’s office.

“I am ashamed of what I have done,” Staley told the judge.

He added that he is continuing treatment and has changed his actions, including access to cell phones or computers.

Before placing Staley on probation, Pater said based on the information he has, including letters from Staley’s children, there has never been any indication that he “acted” on any urges involving children.

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Pater also ordered Staley to have no access to computers and to stay away from children under the age of 12. If he violates his probation, the judge said he will serve a 12-month prison sentence.

Staley was also classified as a Tier II sex offender, meaning he will have to register his residence with the sheriff’s office every 180 days for the next 25 years.

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