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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.

INITIAL REPORT:

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.

’Lighten up:’ Justice Bill O’Neill lashes out at critics of sexual history Facebook post

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:59 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Justice Bill O’Neill posts sexual history on Facebook

UPDATE @ 8 p.m.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill on Friday night made another Facebook post, this time about the calls for him to resign following his controversial post that detailed his sexual history as part of his defense of “all heterosexual males.”

His controversial statements about his intimate relations with 50 women were in response to the “dogs of war” going after Sen. Al Franken amid sexual misconduct allegations. 

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He deleted his first post when he posted his new Facebook message. This one was to his critics, whom he told: “Lighten up folks. This is how Democrats remain in the minority.”

(Facebook)

O’Neill said he was a civil rights lawyer “before Anita Hill and before you were born” to those he called “sanctimonious judges.”

“When a United States senator commits a non criminal act of indiscretion; and when it is brought to his attention and he immediately has the integrity to apologize; and the apology is accepted by the victim: IT IS WRONG for the dogs of war to leap onto his back ...

“It is morally wrong,” he said.

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill made a controversial Facebook post Friday in response to “the dogs of war calling for the head of Senator Al Franken.”

Ohio Justice Bill O'Neill makes a controversial Facebook post in response to the news surrounding Senator Al Franken. BILL O'NEILL FACEBOOK POST

In the post made just after noon Friday, Justice Bill O’Neill, who’s planning a run at Ohio governor, gave intimate details of his sexual past. 

In the Facebook post, O’Neill states he’s speaking up on behalf of all heterosexual males.

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Bill O’Neill writes in the post, “As a candidate for Governor, let me save my opponents some research time. In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females.”

WHIO’s Jim Otte called Justice Bill O’Neill to ask if his Facebook page had been hacked.

“I did post it and I stand by it,” O’Neill told Jim Otte in a phone conversation. 

Less than an hour later, O’Neill made edits to his Facebook post.  See below.

Justice Bill O'Neill edits his Facebook post.

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O’Neill goes on to say, “now we can get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis. I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago.”

O’Neill is already getting dozens of comments.

Facebook comments to Justice Bill O'Neill's post about his sexual past.

About an hour after news organizations broke the story regarding O’Neill’s Facebook post, his campaign communications director tweeted that he’d resigned.

“The comments made today by @BillForOhio were both disturbing and misguided. As a victim of sexual assault, I cannot in good faith remain a part of #TeamONeill,” Campaign Manager Chris Clevenger tweeted. 

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley sent a tweet just after 1 p.m. in response to O’Neill’s Facebook post.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor released a statement condemning O’Neill’s post.

“I condemn in no uncertain terms Justice O’Neill’s Facebook post,” the statement reads. “No words can convey my shock. This gross disrespect for women shakes the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary.”

We are continuing to follow developments on this story and will post more information here. 

Dayton school teacher says she was assaulted at Thurgood Marshall

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:03 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:37 PM

Dayton school teacher says she was assaulted at Thurgood Marshall

Dayton Public Schools is investigating an alleged assault on a Thurgood Marshall High School teacher this month.

District officials are still probing two accounts of the Nov. 8 incident — one given by a teacher, another from a student the teacher said held her down while another student hit her four times.

“Our security people are still moving through both of these accounts,” said district spokeswoman Marsha Bonhart-Neilson. “There’s no conclusion being drawn yet.”

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The 63-year-old teacher told police she was in her classroom when four girls arrived. She told the girls to leave, when one of the students told the teacher to “get the (expletive) out of her face,” according to the teacher’s account to police. The teacher said a male then held her down while the female student hit her four times, a police report said.

The teacher complained of chest pain and pain in the back of her head, according to the police report. She was transported to the hospital by a medic, according to the report.

Assistant Principal Bert Seard told police he interviewed the male the teacher accused of holding her down. Seard told police the male’s account was that the alleged assailant and her boyfriend came into the classroom, when the female began chasing her boyfriend.

Seard told police the male said the teacher got in between the boyfriend and the female. The male said he grabbed the teacher’s arm while the female hit the teacher.

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A summons arrest was completed for the female student, according to the police report.

We’re working to learn more details about this incident.

Baby’s feeding tube removed, mother arrested

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

Baby’s feeding tube removed, mother arrested

A Kettering mother was arrested and jailed for allegedly removing her infant daughter's feeding tube, then walking out of Dayton Children's Hospital.

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Michele Hughes, 35, walked into her 3-month-old daughter's hospital room and pulled the feeding tube out of the child and removed her from the hospital, according to a Dayton Police report. 

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Hospital staff contacted police out of concern for the child because she was 3 months old, only weighing 8 pounds. 

The staff told police the child was dehydrated and very malnourished. 

Dayton Police contacted Kettering Police for assistance. 

Hughes was located in her car in the driveway of her Kettering home, with the infant. 

A Children's Services caseworker came to the home and took emergency custody of the child. 

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Michele Hughes was arrested for child endangering and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. 

She has been released, and is awaiting court action.

Pittsburgh hospital employee accused of exposing himself to patient

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

An employee at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy is accused of exposing himself to a female patient.
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An employee at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy is accused of exposing himself to a female patient.(WPXI.com)

A food server at a Pittsburgh hospital is accused of exposing himself in front of a patient. 

Police said Michael Booker, 37, a dietary server at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy, approached the female patient at the walking bridge that joins the parking garage and the hospital. 

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WPXI reported that the woman told investigators Booker approached her, said something vulgar and started fondling himself. 

Booker is facing charges that include open lewdness. Officials said he has since been terminated from his position as a server. 

Booker faces a preliminary hearing next month.