Girl, 4, found in marsh in woods, screaming before rescue

Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 @ 4:42 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 04, 2016 @ 6:22 PM

BODY CAM: Girl found in marsh in woods, screaming


  • 4-year-old girl went missing from Brookside Mobile Home about 9 a.m. Wednesday
  • Child was reported missing after 1 p.m.
  • Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Jolene Irons found child, screaming in a marsh
  • Parents Brandi and Jorge Sise pleaded not guilty to child endangering charge


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.

Brandi Sise paid a $1,000 bond to be released from the Clark County Jail, according to jail records.

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SUV hits buggy: Woman killed, husband, 2 infants critical; driver jailed in Shelby Co.

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM


UPDATE @ 4 p.m.

A Sidney man is facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal crash involving an SUV and horse-drawn buggy.

Steven Eugene Hunter, 42, was booked into the Shelby County Jail early this morning. He is being held without bond.

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A 23-year-old woman was killed, and her husband and two infant children all remain in critical condition at hospitals in Dayton.

The Amish family who lives in the Maplewood area all were ejected from a buggy that was struck from behind just before 9 p.m. Friday on state Route 47 near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County line.


UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.

“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.

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The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.

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None of the victims’ names have been released.

The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.

“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”

The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.

The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.

The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.


Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.

The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.

According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.

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Victims in double fatal shooting outside Dayton club ID’d

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m.:

The two victims who died after a shooting this morning outside a Dayton nightclub been identified.

Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died of her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.


Two people were killed in an early morning shooting outside Rick Jazz Lab.

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue on a report of a shooting.

A 27-year-old man died at the scene and a woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she died, Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department said.

The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, Schloss said.

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Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP(7867.)

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2 arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM

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Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of impaired driving Friday night in patrols in the area of OVI checkpoints held in Beavercreek and Fairborn.

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The sobriety checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. to midnight in Fairborn, Lt. Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Xenia Post said.

Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints through extra patrols in the area for the checkpoint, Schmenk said.

The checkpoints were held by OSP, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Beavercreek Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department.

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Police: Motorist drives into house, flees scene in Troy

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:07 AM

Police are looking for a suspect who drove into the side of a house early this morning.

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Crews were dispatched around 2:15 a.m. to the 400 block of East Staunton Road on reports of a vehicle into a structure.

The motorist didn’t stay at the scene and drove away after causing significant damage to the house, Sgt. Zac Mumford of the Troy Police Department said.

The vehicle was found unoccupied a couple blocks away with significant damage.

Residents were home at the time but no one was injured, Mumford said. 

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