‘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.

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.”

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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.