OH - Dylan Groves, 4 months, found dead in bottom of well, Otway, June 2019 *parents arrested*

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  1. JerseyGirl

    JerseyGirl Staff Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    The body of Dylan Groves, 4 months, was recovered from the bottom of a well in Otway. Authorities believe the child has been dead since March.

    Shortly after Dylan was born he was in the custody of Scioto County Children Services because illegal drugs were found in his system. Custody was later granted to the biological father, Daniel Groves.

    Deputies said Groves was initially compliant with requirements from children services but then started missing court dates, home visits and doctor appointments for the child.

    Jessica Groves, 29, was arrested without incident on May 20. During the arrests, Daniel Groves, 41, barricaded himself inside. After a six-hour standoff, he too was taken into custody.

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    Missing 4-month-old found dead in well, parents arrested
     
  2. lonetraveler

    lonetraveler Well-Known Member

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    Oh God, another one.
     
  3. AgeofAquaruis

    AgeofAquaruis Well-Known Member

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    Yep. Ripped from the foster Mom,and sent back to die,and be dumped in a well. Another stellar act of botching the job by Child Protective Services. Same story different state. Must be going for a Guinness world record. How many children can die under the watch of Child Protective services? Which state will be next, will it be one child,or more? It's like they have a competition for ineptness,and baby body count.
    SMH.
     
  4. tlcya

    tlcya Well-Known Member

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    "Detectives have received information that the baby was taken and left after death," authorities said.

    Dylan was found in a well approximately 30 feet deep in Otway. The body has been transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.
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    Children Services personnel attempted to make contact with the Groves on multiple occasions, officials said, but were unable to find them at home.

    On May 20, authorities said they spotted the couple on a four-wheeler while visiting the home for one of these checkups.

    Deputies said the pair fled into a nearby wooded area upon seeing officers, and disappeared after a short pursuit.
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    A memorial service was held Thursday night for Dylan Groves, the baby whose body was found at the bottom of a well in Scioto County the night before.

    A crowd lit candles at Faith Baptist Church in Wheelersburg, the home church of Andrea Bowling, who was Dylan's foster mom.

    "He loved being swaddled and held close," Bowling said.

    She says she only had Dylan for 12 days shortly after he was born in January with drugs in his system. She says after those 12 days, he was returned to his parents.

    "He was just so precious and adorable," Bowling, who teaches in Minford, said. "I took thousands of pictures of him in the short time I had him."

    She'd been hoping she'd eventually get Dylan back. She believes the system failed him horribly.
     
  5. Ksprincess2

    Ksprincess2 Well-Known Member

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    I'm so sad for his foster Mom, glad he had a little love in his short life.
     
  6. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    For both: (Jessica was arraigned on 6/11-the only difference).

    Docket:
    06/13/2019
    DEF. PLEAD W G, FOUND, FINE, SUSP
    SPECIAL CONDITIONS:

    ENTRY SIGNED BY JUDGE THAT DEFENDANT HAS BEEN FOUND INDIGENT
    DEFENDANT TO RECEIVE COURT-APPOINTED COUNSEL AND ORDERING
    THE $25.00 APPLICATION FEE TO OBTAIN COURT-APPOINTED COUNSEL
    IS WAIVED

    PUBLIC DEFENDER FEE WAIVED
    ATTORNEY CHRISTINE SCOTT APPOINTED AS COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT

    WAIVED TO GRAND JURY

    RECEIVED REQUEST FOR COPIES VIA FAX FROM COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    06/12/2019
    HEARING- 06-13-2019 AT 10:31 AM - PRELIMINARY

    RECEIVED REQUEST FOR COPIES VIA FAX FROM NEW YORK TIMES

    FAXED COPIES TO NEW YORK TIMES

    06/11/2019
    CASE WAS FILED WITH COURT

    CASE SET FOR ARRAIGNMENT ON 06/12/2019 AT 8:30 AM

    FAXED REQUEST FROM WSAZ FOR COPIES

    FAXED COPIES TO WSAZ


    link: Portsmouth Municipal Court


    Jessica - oh good she is spending her 40th birthday in jail - Date of Birth: 06-14-1979

    Re bold in the docket -
    Wondering what Plead W G means? :confused:

    Anyone?
     
  7. YESorNO

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    UPDATE | Parents of baby found dead in well charged with aggravated murder (with clip)

    6/14/19

    "...The Scioto County Grand Jury indicted Daniel and Jessica Groves Friday on charges of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, endangering children, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse, and four counts of felonious assault.

    If they are found guilty on all counts, the pair could face life in prison.

    Sheriff's deputies say 6-month-old Dylan Groves was found in a well Wednesday evening in the Otway area.

    Investigators believe the baby has been dead since late March. His body was sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy...."

    UPDATE | Parents of baby found dead in well charged with aggravated murder
     
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    UPDATE | Parents of baby found dead in well plead not guilty

    6/17/19

    "SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ & AP) --
    The parents of a 6-month-old boy found dead last week in an Ohio well pleaded not guilty Monday to all charges including aggravated murder, our crew at the scene reports.

    More disturbing details were released in the death of Dylan Groves. According to a preliminary autopsy, he suffered skull fractures on both sides of his skull, a fractured left arm (broken radius, humerus and ulna), a left leg fracture, two broken left ribs, soft tissue hemorrhaging in his right chest wall and a laceration to his left arm....

    Among other charges the couple faces are kidnapping and corpse abuse. As mentioned, they pleaded not guilty to those and the aggravated murder charge. The couple was arraigned before Judge Mark Kuhn in Scioto County Common Pleas Court.

    Assistant Prosecutor Julie Cook-Hutchinson says initial evidence indicates that Jessica Groves is the principal offender in the case. She was visibly upset throughout the hearing.

    No bond was set for either suspect...."

    UPDATE | Parents of baby found dead in well plead not guilty
     
  9. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Actually - not. No bond for Daniel & $100K for Jessica.

    Next hearing is 6/20 regarding Daniel's probation.
     
  10. Niner

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    Thursday, June 20th:
    *Probation Hearing (@ 9:45am CT) – OH – Dylan Groves (4 mos) (Found in bottom of 30’ well, Otway, recovered 6/12/19; believed to have died in March, 2018) – only for *Daniel A. Groves (41) arrested & charged (5/20/19), indicted (6/11/19) & arraigned (6/13/19) with aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping/abduction, endangering children, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse & 4 counts of felonious assault. Plead not guilty. No bond. Scioto County
    *Jessica Groves (40) arrested & charged (5/20/19), indicted & arraigned (6/11/19) with aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping/abduction, endangering children, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse & 4 counts of felonious assault. Plead not guilty. $100K bond.
    6/13/19 Update: Arraignment hearing for both. Both were appointed public defender. Both plead not guilty. Waived grand jury. Waives preliminary hearing. Both indicted of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping/abduction, endangering children, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse, and four counts of felonious assault. They've been charged with kidnapping and abduction, accused of keeping Dylan hidden from CPS. Case now goes to the Grand Jury. Also in court Thursday, the judge addressed a motion to revoke Daniel's probation. He was on probation for a theft charge, and committing new crimes violates his probation. The judge asked Daniel if he wanted to admit to the violations and waive his right to a hearing, or deny the violations and require the state to provide evidence that shows probable cause that he violated his probation (#CRB1801504: 01/15/2019: Defendant plead no contest, found guilty, fined $100, suspended. Costs: $120, suspended, Jail: 30 days, suspended. Special conditions: Do not enter Kroger). Daniel chose to deny the violations and move forward with a hearing. That probation hearing will be at 9:45 a.m. on June 20. Daniel can bring witnesses to testify on his behalf. The judge set no bond for Daniel. Jessica's bond remains at $100,000. No future dates for murder case as of 6/17.
     
  11. MsFacetious

    MsFacetious What a Kerfuffle...

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    Can we not even establish how old this little boy actually was?
    Foster mom says she got him after his birth in January, which would have made him no more than 3 months old on March 31.
    He was initially reported as 4 months old.
    Now I'm seeing 6 months old (which is about how old he'd be if he lived and was born in January.)
    I mean come on people!

    Please please someone tell me that a lot of those fractures were after death, when he was put into the well.

    Why do you fight to get the kid back just to do this to them. :mad:
     
  12. YESorNO

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    State to investigate death of infant found in well
    Childrens Services Board to decide on director’s suspension Tuesday


    JUNE 19, 2019

    "...In speaking with the Daily Times, Fuller stated Scioto County Prosecutor Shane Tieman instructed her not to share publicly any specific details relating to the circumstances surrounding Groves’ death.

    According to Scioto County sheriff’s Capt. John W. Murphy, following up on a tip, law enforcement officials searching for young Dylan found his body June 13 at the bottom of a 30-foot well in Otway. A county grand jury since indicted his parents, Daniel and Jessica Groves, on numerous criminal counts, including aggravated murder. Both pleaded not guilty during initial court appearances, with a first pretrial hearing set for the couple on July 25.

    After he was born with illicit drugs allegedly found in his system, the county initially took custody of the child. However, officials allowed his biological father to regain custody after the father supposedly met all mandates for family reunification as required by law.

    Fuller and Children Services both are under fire for Dylan’s ultimate fate and on Tuesday the Scioto County Board of Commissioners requested the county Children Services Board place Fuller on administrative leave pending an outside investigation into the circumstances of the child’s death. Commissioners apparently were unaware state officials plan to be in Scioto County Monday...."

    State to investigate death of infant found in well - Portsmouth Daily Times
     
  13. Niner

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    Grand jury indicts two on aggravated murder - Portsmouth Daily Times


    Scioto County Prosecutor Shane A. Tieman announced the Scioto County Grand Jury met on June 14 and returned 33 Public Indictments. There was one no bill. The defendants indicted are charged as follows:

    Daniel A. Groves, 41, Otway: aggravated murder, murder, four counts felonious assault, kidnapping, endangering children, interference with custody, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse.

    Jessica Groves, 39, Otway: aggravated murder, murder, four counts felonious assault, kidnapping, endangering children, interference with custody, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse.


    Pretrial hearing for both on 7/25.
     
  14. Niner

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    from the court site re probation hearing:

    6/20/19 Update: Motion & Entry to Revoke Probation filed by Probation Dept. It is therefore, ordered, adjudged & decreed that def's probation be & the same hereby is revoked & said def. is ordered to serve 30 days. So Ordered by Judge Russell D. Kegley.

    Portsmouth Municipal Court
     
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    Parents of baby whose body found in well waive right to speedy trial


    SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WCHS/WVAH) — The parents of baby Dylan Groves, whose body was found in a well almost two weeks ago in Scioto County, were in court Tuesday.

    Daniel and Jessica Groves both waived their right to a speedy trial to give their attorneys more time to work on their case. They were indicted on numerous charges, including aggravated murder.

    Their next hearing is scheduled Aug. 1.



    I guess the other article that said July 25 was incorrect - I'll have to check the court site....
     
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  16. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Well - all the court site has - and doesn't have ANY dates....

    06/26/2019
    REC'D EMAIL FROM THE NEW YORK TIME REQUEST COPY OF REPORT
    #19-1097, FAXED REPORT

    06/25/2019
    REQUEST FOR REPORT ONLY FROM THE SCIOTO VOICE/CC REPORT
    AT CLERK'S OFFICE

    06/18/2019
    COMPLETE CASE SCANNED

    06/14/2019
    COPIES FAXED TO COLUMBUS DISPATCH 06/13/19

    06/13/2019
    *ENTRY SIGNED BY JUDGE THAT DEFENDANT HAS BEEN FOUND INDIGENT
    DEFENDANT TO RECEIVE COURT-APPOINTED COUNSEL AND ORDERING
    THE $25.00 APPLICATION FEE TO OBTAIN COURT-APPOINTED COUNSEL
    IS WAIVED

    *PUBLIC DEFENDER FEE WAIVED
    ATTORNEY CHRISTINE SCOTT APPOINTED AS COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT

    *WAIVED TO GRAND JURY

    *RECEIVED REQUEST FOR COPIES VIA FAX FROM COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    link: Portsmouth Municipal Court
     
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    I'll leave them for both dates.... :D
     
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    and this articles has their trial date!

    Dylan’s parents get October murder trial date - Portsmouth Daily Times


    As anyone who has paid attention to criminal trials in the past surely knows, the best laid plans of any court easily can change.

    Still, as of Tuesday, Daniel and Jessica Groves are slated to be in front of Scioto County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark Kuhn for a four-day jury trial to begin Oct. 15.

    The couple are to be tried as co-defendants.

    In the meantime, Scioto County Prosecutor Shane Tieman told the Daily Times the pair may face further charges stemming from the alleged discovery at their former Otway home of supposedly stolen property.
    [.....]
    Dylan’s parents, both dressed in jail garb and handcuffed, appeared Tuesday for a brief pretrial hearing held in Kuhn’s Portsmouth courtroom. Kuhn stated attorneys for both sides had met in a pretrial conference behind closed doors prior to the public hearing and mutually agreed on the October trial date. Kuhn set another pretrial hearing for Aug. 1, but also set Sept. 27 as the date for the final pretrial in the case.
    [.....]
    Daniel Groves still faces grand theft and obstruction of justice charges in an unrelated and still open case stemming from Groves allegedly cutting trees in a state forest.
    [.....]
    Attorneys for both Daniel and Jessica Groves stipulated to no bond for their clients and the two have been held with no chance of release since their initial arrests.



    So.... no July 25th date. I'll go with this article.... :)
     
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    Indictments give some insights into the case against the parents of Dylan Groves

    JUNE 24, 2019

    "...Separate indictments were filed against each of the boy’s parents. But those indictments, except for some minor details identifying who is being indicted, appear to be, word for word, exactly the same.

    Regarding count one, the aggravated murder charge, the indictments read “Daniel A. Groves, Jessica Groves, unlawfully, did purposely cause the death of D. G., 01/10/2019.” The indictments specifically note the victim “was under the age of 13 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense.”

    The indictments later specifically state Jan. 10, 2019 was Dylan Groves’ date of birth.

    Count two is one count of murder. The indictments claim the suspects “on or about March 28, 2019 to June 11, 2019, at Scioto County, Ohio … did cause the death of D. G., … as a proximate result of the offender committing or attempting to commit an offense of violence that is a felony of the first or second degree, to wit: felonious assault.”

    The indictments against Daniel and Jessica Groves include four counts of felonious assault. Each count claims the pair “on or about January 11, 2019 to June 11, 2019 did knowingly cause serious physical harm to D. G.” The indictments do not explain why the suspects each were hit with four separate counts of felonious assault.

    There are 11 total counts against each of the suspects. A kidnapping charge alleges the boy’s parents “unlawfully, did, by force, threat or deception, remove D. G. from the place where him (sic) was found or restrain liberty of him for the purpose of entering, impeding, or obstructing a function of government.”

    An endangering children charge claims the parents, while they were acting as guardians or custodians of the boy “did create a substantial risk to the health or safety of D. G. by violating the duty of care, protection, or support.”

    According to count six, interference with custody, the suspects “did, knowing he/she was without privilege to do so or being reckless in that regard, entice, take, keep or harbor from the parent, guardian or custodian a child under the age of 18… to wit did fail to produce the child to children services, the legal custodian. The indictment further claims “the child died while kept from children services.”

    Another notable charge against the pair includes one count each of gross abuse of a corpse. The indictment claims the suspects “did … treat a human corpse in a way that would outrage reasonable community sensibilities.”

    One final count listed against the parents is tampering with evidence, which states the pair “did, knowing that an official proceeding or investigation was in progress or was about to be or likely to be instituted, alter, destroy, conceal or remove any record, document, or thing with purpose to impair its value or availability as evidence in such proceeding or investigation.”..."

    Indictments give some insights into the case against the parents of Dylan Groves - Portsmouth Daily Times
     
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