Found Deceased OH - Darnell Taylor, 5, foster parent Pammy Maye, 48 advised she harmed him then fled in 2015 gray Jeep Cherokee, Columbus, 14 Feb 2024


February 22, 2024

CLEVELAND — Pammy Maye, the 48-year-old woman at the center of an Ohio Amber Alert case, is set to face a judge on several charges connected to the death of 5-year-old Darnell Taylor nearly a week after the missing boy's body was found in Franklin County.

Court records show she's set to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court in Columbus at 9 a.m. We plan to stream live coverage of Maye's court appearance inside this story. You can also watch more coverage on our YouTube channel (subscribe here).
 

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Thursday morning the prosecuting attorney said that while Maye has no prior record, she suffers from mental health issues, including bipolar and schizophrenia conditions. The attorney asked for a bond amount of $2 million based on the severity of the crime and potential flight risk as evidenced by the fact that Maye fled Columbus to the Cleveland area.

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The judge issued Maye a $3 million bond for the murder charge and an additional $1 million for the kidnapping charge. Maye was also ordered to not have any possession of weapons or firearms, consumption of drugs or alcohol, or contact with any potential witnesses, including by way of mail, email, third-party, or social media.

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Attorneys said they have tried to make contact with Maye’s husband but have yet to get a hold of him.

Maye is next scheduled to appear in court on March 1 for a preliminary hearing.

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Thursday morning the prosecuting attorney said that while Maye has no prior record, she suffers from mental health issues, including bipolar and schizophrenia conditions. The attorney asked for a bond amount of $2 million based on the severity of the crime and potential flight risk as evidenced by the fact that Maye fled Columbus to the Cleveland area.

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The judge issued Maye a $3 million bond for the murder charge and an additional $1 million for the kidnapping charge. Maye was also ordered to not have any possession of weapons or firearms, consumption of drugs or alcohol, or contact with any potential witnesses, including by way of mail, email, third-party, or social media.

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Attorneys said they have tried to make contact with Maye’s husband but have yet to get a hold of him.

Maye is next scheduled to appear in court on March 1 for a preliminary hearing.

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She looks medicated . IMO
 
FEB 22, 2024
  • Pammy Maye, 48, appeared in a beige jail uniform and showed no visible emotion during the hearing.
  • Judge Cynthia Ebner ordered Maye held on $4 million bond on charges of murder, kidnapping and endangering children.
  • Maye's next court date is currently scheduled for March 1; however, it is likely a grand jury will review her case and an indictment will be filed before that date.
  • According to a probable cause affidavit, Maye suffocated Darnell on the morning of Feb. 13.
... According to former Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien, Maye could plead not guilty by insanity.

“You ask the court to order an exam of the defendant to determine if they are competent to stand trial. That is whether they understand the nature and substance of the charges and if they have the mental ability to assist the lawyer in defending the case,” said O’Brien.

But O’Brien said if she does plead not guilty by insanity, she will have to prove two things.

“If the defendant is pleading insanity, they must prove by a preponderance one that they suffer from a mental disease or defect and secondly that as a result of that defect they didn’t have the ability to distinguish right from wrong,” said O’Brien.
 
The Ohio Highway Patrol is looking into the issues concerning the Amber alert that was issued last week for Darnell Taylor.

When the Amber alert wasfirst issued in the Columbus region, most folks did not get the alert, and those that did get the alert were only told that an alert had been issued but had no information about the alert at all.

Then an Amber alert was issued in the Cleveland region after a Maye drove by a license plate reader in a Cleveland area suburb.

Source:

Ohio State Highway Patrol looking into issues with Amber Alert related to Darnell Taylor
 
I wonder if the grandparents were aware of Pammy’s major mental illnesses.
It looks like the paternal grandparents were friends with her. If they've known her for a while, I'm sure there were signs. She was given guardianship by the courts, so I wonder if any background checks were done. Maybe not since it wasn't final custody? If this is not part of the process, it should be.
IMO, had grandparents requested a "welfare check" officers would have likely went to the home to verify he was safe. And Pammy likely would have still taken his life afterwards.
I'm not convinced there was prior abuse. She may have killed him so no one else could have him. I feel this is another tragedy that could have been prevented.
 
FEB 20, 2024
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It breaks my heart anew everytime I see D's smile! He'd been through so much in 5 short years, but he kept smiling. That beautiful smile will stay with me. Fly high, Sweet Darnell.
 
FEB 22, 2024
  • Pammy Maye, 48, appeared in a beige jail uniform and showed no visible emotion during the hearing.
  • Judge Cynthia Ebner ordered Maye held on $4 million bond on charges of murder, kidnapping and endangering children.
  • Maye's next court date is currently scheduled for March 1; however, it is likely a grand jury will review her case and an indictment will be filed before that date.
  • According to a probable cause affidavit, Maye suffocated Darnell on the morning of Feb. 13.
... According to former Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien, Maye could plead not guilty by insanity.

“You ask the court to order an exam of the defendant to determine if they are competent to stand trial. That is whether they understand the nature and substance of the charges and if they have the mental ability to assist the lawyer in defending the case,” said O’Brien.

But O’Brien said if she does plead not guilty by insanity, she will have to prove two things.

“If the defendant is pleading insanity, they must prove by a preponderance one that they suffer from a mental disease or defect and secondly that as a result of that defect they didn’t have the ability to distinguish right from wrong,” said O’Brien.

  • showed no visible emotion during the hearing.
I would imagine she's medicated.
 
WSYX-TV in Columbus is reporting that Maye has been indicted by the grand jury on charges of aggravated murder, tampering with evidence, and gross abuse of a corpse.

WSYX-TV also reported that Maye is scheduled to be arranged on the indictment charges in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Friday March 1.

Woman accussed of killing 5 year old Darnell Taylor indicted
 
A Franklin County grand jury handed up an indictment against Maye Tuesday, charging her with aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Maye is next scheduled to appear in court on Friday afternoon for an arraignment. She is currently being held in the Franklin County jail in lieu of a $4 million bond.

The neighbor called 911 around 9:30 p.m. March 25, 2022, after seeing a toddler strapped in a stroller outside a home on the 100 block of Buffalo Court, according to a report from Columbus police.

Historical weather data shows temperatures on that day were in the mid to high 40s during the evening.
 
FEB 27, 2024
  1. A neighbor called 911 around 9:30 p.m. March 25, 2022, after seeing a toddler strapped in a stroller outside a home on the 100 block of Buffalo Court.
  2. Temperatures on that day were in the mid to high 40s during the evening.
  3. The report redacted the relationship between a person who came outside when LE arrived, but lists a person with the same name and age as Darnell's bio mother.
  4. The mother told police she left the 2-year-old outside "as a form of punishment for calling her a bad name" and said he had only been outside about five minutes.
  5. The neighbor told LE the child had been outside for more than an hour unattended.
  6. LE took Darnell into emergency custody after his mother made concerning comments.
  7. Information about what happened to Darnell after being taken to Children Services has not been released, but at some point between Mar 2022 and May 2023, Darnell's paternal grandparents, Tawanda and Anthony Barnes, began taking care of him.
  8. Darnell's paternal grandparents said they've known Maye and her husband for several years and the Mayes took custody of Darnell in May 2023.
  9. At some point after taking custody, the Mayes gained legal custodianship.
  10. Darnell's biological family had not seen the toddler since July.
  11. The Barnes family said Maye used to attend birthdays, cookouts and holidays but stopped answering their phone calls.
  12. After police found Maye on Feb. 15, she told them where to find Darnell's body.
  13. Maye told police she had suffocated Darnell at her Reeb Avenue home on Feb. 13.
  14. An autopsy report from the Franklin County Coroner's office is not yet available.
 
MAR 1, 2024
  • Pammy Maye appeared via closed circuit television Friday for an arraignment in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
  • Defense attorney Sam Shamansky entered not guilty pleas on her behalf to charges of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
  • Shamansky asked Magistrate Mark Petrucci to consider transferring Maye to a more secure psychiatric facility.
  • "This is a mental health case through and through," Shamansky said.
  • Shamansky also said he anticipated a potential not guilty by reason of insanity plea being entered in the case.
  • Prosecutors previously said Maye had been diagnosed with several mental health conditions.
“We know that folks in the midst of a mental health crisis, whether it’s a minor one or catastrophic one, can’t get help in the county jail,” said Shamansky.

The magistrate asked Shamansky if he wanted a health assessment on Maye, but Shmanksy said they would wait to find a psychologist to do the assessment.

 
MAR 22, 2024
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In the trio of videos released from three officers, they walked into an industrial building where they spoke with a witness. An officer asked them if Maye randomly came inside as the group of law enforcement heads down a hallway.

Police blurred the inside of the building captured on camera, citing an exception to Ohio public records law. Because of this, Maye is never visible in the video, but can be heard interacting with officers.

“My husband thinks I did something wrong and I’m sick,” Maye said in the video.

Maye was already crying as officers walked into the room she was in. She speaks unintelligibly through most of the video, but she tells police she doesn’t have any weapons and that she was wearing plastic bags on her feet. They then read her Miranda rights before arresting her.

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MAR 26, 2024
CBS 10 reports that Maye appeared Monday at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, where a judge determined her competent to stand trial on charges that include aggravated murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.

A Columbus woman charged in the death of a 5-year-old has been found to be competent to stand trial.
 

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