Updated: 6:08 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Posted: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2016
A Clark County man is charged with murder in connection to the death of his infant daughter, Clark County Municipal Court records show.
We now have body camera video from Brian Hayslip’s arrest by authorities in Mercer County after 3-month-old Lilly Hayslip’s body was discovered in a car seat in a truck left running.
Brian Hayslip, accused of shaking to death his 3-month-old baby, talks.
UPDATE @ 11:40 a.m. (Dec 29)
Brian Hayslip spoke exclusively with NewsCenter 7’s John Bedell.
Hayslip had tears in his eyes as he apologized.
"[I’m] Probably going to think about it for the rest of my life,” Hayslip told Bedell at the Clark County Jail.
“ I'm never going to forget about it...I'm sorry for everything I've ever done.”
“If I could take back everything I did I would,” Hayslip told News Center 7. “I just want to tell Brittany, my ex-fiance, that I'm sorry."
UPDATE @ 10:37 a.m. (Dec. 29):
Brain Hayslip appeared in court today pleading not guilty to the charge of murder. Hayslip has requested a public defender and his bond has been set at $300,000.
UPDATE @ 8:16 a.m. (Dec. 29):
Brian Hayslip is now being housed in the Clark County Jail on a murder charge and is expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court this morning to be arraigned on the charge, according to records.
UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (Dec. 28):
Brian Hayslip admitted to shaking his 3-month-old daughter, Lilly Hayslip, which resulted in her death Tuesday at his home in the 3800 block of Lawrenceville Drive in German Twp., according to an affidavit filed Wednesday in Clark County Municipal Court.
Lilly’s preliminary cause of death is a subdural hematoma to the brain, according to the Miami Valley Crime Lab.
Hayslip, who is being held at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, said he shook Lilly after she began crying while he was feeding her. He then put her down, but the infant continued to cry so he shook her some more, when she began to vomit on her clothes, the couch and play mat, the record stated.
Hayslip changed Lilly’s clothes and put her in the car seat and left the house in his truck, when minutes later noticed she was deceased. He then drove to Mercer County, where he intended to bury her in a remote area, according to the affidavit. Hayslip’s truck with Lilly’s body inside was found around 5:30 p.m. in Mercer County. Hayslip was found, following a K-9 search of the area, in a field covered in mud, according to the affidavit.
The family of Lilly’s mother declined an interview, but Hayslip’s brother, Daniel Hayslip, said he hopes people suspend judgment until all the facts are revealed.
“He was extremely good with her,” he said of his brother. “He was always so careful about everything. He was a new father that was scared and wanted to make sure everything he was doing was correct. He just loved her so much.”
Daniel Hayslip said he believes Lilly’s death was an accident and that his brother panicked.
UPDATE @ 3:16 p.m. (Dec. 28):
The Mercer and Clark county sheriff’s offices have determined that the death of Lilly Hayslip occured in Clark County, despite her body and father being located in Mercer County, according to Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey.
After the prosecutor’s offices in both county discussed the case, it was determined that the prosecution will occur in Clark County, Grey said.
“This is an example of how agencies are supposed to work together to ensure that justice is served,” Grey said. “I am proud of the work by all involved.”
We are working to obtain body camera footage from Mercer County deputies that would show Brian Hayslip being taken into custody.
UPDATE @ 1:31 p.m. (Dec. 28):
An autopsy on the 3-month-old baby girl found dead in a car seat in rural Mercer County will be performed at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Officials said the body of Lilly Hayslip is currently at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, however, no details on her death are being released as the case is being investigated by the Mercer County Coroner’s Office.
Multiple calls to speak with the Mercer County coroner have not be returned.
In Clark County, Lilly Hayslip’s mother, Brittany Bruce, called 911 to report the baby and her father Brian Hayslip missing Tuesday afternoon.
A German Twp. Police incident report shows Brittany Bruce asked for an officer at 2:10 p.m. She said Brian Hayslip, 22, was supposed to drop the baby off at her mother’s house at noon and then go to work at 2 p.m.
He never showed, according to the report.
“I phoned (the company) and they said Brian did not show up to work today,” Officer Ryan Axle wrote in the report. “I phoned Brian multiple times and left voice messages for him to call into dispatch so we can speak.”
Axle said the mother told him there was no argument before the disappearance and that she feared Hayslip might be suffering from mental illness. The officer said a witness saw Hayslip leave the home.
“The neighbor said he saw Brian leave in the Ford truck around 1 p.m.,” Axle wrote.
The child was eventually found dead in a car seat about three hours later, Mercer County officials said. Hayslip was arrested and is awaiting charges.
UPDATE @ 10:57 a.m. (Dec. 28):
A 3-month-old Clark County girl is dead and her father is in custody after being found in a field in Mercer County.
Brian Hayslip, 22, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Mercer County and being held on a murder charge.
A 911 caller in Mercer County found a child dead in a car seat in a truck along a rural road.
That discovery came just a few hours after the child’s mother called 911 in Clark County to report Hayslip and their 3-month-old daughter missing from their German Twp. home on Lawrenceville Drive.
The mother and her parents were driving around looking for Hayslip when they called 911, and the dispatcher told her to return home and meet a deputy who would assist her.
“We’re together. We live together, everything’s fine,” the woman told the dispatcher. “I don’t know why all the sudden this would happen.”
She said Brian Hayslip left the house around noon with their daughter.
The mother said she could not reach him, so, “I went to the house, I left work and went to the house, and the diaper bag is gone, and they weren’t there.”
UPDATE @ 10:27 a.m. (Dec. 28):
A 911 call released by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning indicates two men discovered the deceased baby inside a running pickup truck in the 6100 block of Wabash Road.
“There’s a pickup truck partway up our drive way pulled up in the mud,” the first caller told 911. “There’s a little baby in there.”
“There’s a pickup truck partway up our drive way pulled up in the mud,” the first caller told 911. “There’s a little baby in there.”
The caller told deputies no one else was in the vehicle.
The first caller’s son also talked to 911 operators and said he actually discovered the baby, he described as being less than a year old, in a car seat.
The son also told dispatchers he found the ID of Brian Hayslip, but did not see Hayslip in the area.
“I don’t know if the person would still be around,” the caller said.
UPDATE @ 10:12 a.m. (Dec. 28):
Mercer County deputies responded to a residence on Wabash Road in Washington Twp. after receiving a 911 call from a person reporting that they found an infant in a car seat inside a running truck.
According to deputies, the baby was pronounced dead at the scene.
A K-9 was called to the scene after an ID was found for Brian Hayslip, of Springfield, and Hayslip was found in an open field next to a wooded area.
Hayslip was taken into custody and transported to the Mercer County Jail and is being held on a preliminary charge of murder, however no official charges have been filed in the case.
Deputies said Hayslip had been reported missing prior to deputies discovering him.
An autopsy on the baby’s body will be conducted later today.
Deputies were notified by the mother of the infant Tuesday when she reported she was unable to find the child.
Lt. Christopher Clark with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said the child’s father, 22-year-old Brian Hayslip, was supposed to be with the child when the mother made the report. Hayslip was later located and arrested in rural Mercer County on a preliminary charge of murder.
“We really don’t know what the connection to Mercer County is at this point, [it’s] something we’re working on developing,” Clark said. “At this point, we’re still gathering information from [the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office]. We’re working very closely with them, we’re in constant communications with them.”
The child’s preliminary cause of death was not released by investigators. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office will conduct an examination on the infant to determine the cause and manner of death, Clark said. It was not clear where the body of the infant was recovered.
Following his arrest, investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, along with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office surrounded Hayslip’s home in the 3800 block of Lawrenceville Drive in German Twp. Investigators later entered the home around 10 p.m. and searched the home into early Wednesday morning.
Clark said investigators have several questions that so far remain unanswered, including a possible motive for the crime and the custody situation surrounding the parents and child.
“It’s never easy dealing with the death of anyone, but infants really strike home, especially when a lot of us have children at home,” Clark said. “It’s never an easy thing, and we want to make sure we do our due diligence, collect every last piece of evidence, talk to every witness possible to make sure we have everything right when we do this.”
Clark said investigators from the Clark and Mercer county sheriff’s offices and the Ohio BCI will meet on Wednesday to share information.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 4:06 AM
It took city officials five months to confirm what neighbors suspected immediately: 3-year-old Caleb Rivera was a murder victim.
“I had an idea,” said Nikki Whatley, 39, who performed CPR on the gaunt little boy outside their East Harlem apartment building last August.
“I still see that boy’s eyes in my nightmare and in my dreams,” said Whatley, the mother of four. “That boy was lifeless when I got to him.”
Caleb’s death was declared a homicide Friday after the city medical examiner determined he was killed by multiple blows to the head and neck.
The boy’s mother, who was in their apartment with two men when Caleb was mortally injured, insisted she had no idea who was to blame for her son’s killing.
“I am not talking to anybody about anything,” mom Alexandra Guzman said from behind the door of her apartment on Friday. “I am not giving up anything. Why are you harassing me?”
Asked specifically who killed little Caleb Rivera, the mother answered, “Nobody. It was — have a good day. Nobody. That is the only answer you’ll get from me.”
Construction worker Adrian Rivera, 24, the child’s father, said he’s suspected for months that Guzman was hiding something.
“He was a happy healthy baby and I loved my baby,” he said. “They should both go to jail. I want to know: Did he do this and then she covered up? If the police won’t do something, I will.”
Rivera said after he and Guzman broke up, she barred him from seeing Caleb. He said he begged her to bring the baby to his mother’s house. “She wouldn’t. I texted her the week before (Caleb died): ‘Please bring me my baby.’ She said she was good where she was. She wouldn’t bring him to me, and then this happened.”
April, Child Abuse Awareness month, has passed. It went by without any comment from the Director of Social Services, Ted Myers (“…blood is thicker than water…”, or attorney Andrew Wolf, (“…we do the legally correct thing…”).
interviews with Santa Barbara’s KEYT-TV a few of years ago on the question
raised by a Ventura County Star editorial regarding the whereabouts of Mario,
these gentlemen, in making the above statements, attempted to explain why Social Service workers,
and an a child advocate attorney advocate and/or permit the re-unification of
an abused child with its abuser(s). Mario was a toddler beaten into a coma by his mother. Social workers reunified Mario with his mother even though he continued to be abused.
We have heard, and continue to hear, numerous times that Social Services’ purpose is to protect children from abuse. The child’s advocate in Court is supposed to also protect their right to freedom from abuse. Neither succeeds.
And the reason they do not is revealed by their statements. Their hands are tied. Mr. Wolf is correct, re-unification is the legally correct thing to do, never mind that questions of ethics and morality are raised by the re-unification of a person who lacks love and parenting skills with a child who is helpless to speak for or defend himself.
And, yes, though it is a convenient and telling euphemism, blood is thicker than water. It merely goes to prove the point that a tiny human feels a craving for and needs love from the only caregiver it has known from birth. Though the child bonds, the adult may not want to or cannot commit to a responsibility.
Congress, in its infinite wisdom, saw the tragedies brought about by the abuse of children. They saw not only the physical and emotional effects, but also acknowledged that deaths of children were sometimes the outcome of such conduct. They further saw the financial toll upon society, not only for the treatment of the physical and emotional injuries, but upon the fact that some of these children become a financial burden rather than positive contributors to society. As Congress does best they began the battle against child abuse by passing laws, in this case, Title 42 of the United States Code, Chapter 67, Section 5106a.
This released money to fund Social Services and created responsibilities to fund programs. It created a confidentiality clause to protect not only the child’s identity and reputation but also that of the abuser. It required every State to pass a law saying that re-unification of the abused with its abuser was not required. But it also stated that despite a parent or caregiver having killed or assaulted a child the State (read as Judge), could, on a case by case basis, reunify a child of the sibling with the killer or abuser. Congress sat back; it had passed a law to protect children.
words, blood is thicker than water and re-unification is the legally correct
thing to do, regardless of what further injuries the
child will suffer.
I recently attended a meeting where I listened to
gut-wrenching stories from adults who feared for the safety of their children
who were reporting sexual crimes against them by family members. As the founder of The Children’s Wall of
Tears™, these stories are not new to me as I hear hundreds of cases each year.
Recently Leo and I visited the great city of Oklahoma and toured the Oklahoma Bombing Memorial. Without a doubt, this memorial strengthened our faith in the American people, our patriotism and our feelings against terrorism. We could not help but walk away from this great monument with a passion that undoubtedly carved our futures. Throughout our tour of the memorial we could not help but think about the 168 lives lost in this horrific event. There was one particular photo on the wall of the daycare center showing children that were signed-in that fateful day. It haunts us. What madman would callously murder innocent children, let alone adults?
We read every sign and studied every photo in the museum. We were overwhelmed with sadness and rage at the very same time. We began to systematically think about terrorism and what it really means and how it affects our lives.
the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terroization.
a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
Terrorism begins with creating a fear within the victim and escalates quickly to injury and in many cases death. Until September 11, 2001, few Americans were aware that terror existed beyond that seen on movies or on TV. After 911, we became aware of our vulnerability to suffering at the hands of people who find it acceptable to inflict pain on innocent people without blinking an eye. The bombing in Oklahoma City traumatized this great nation. We were forced to face the anxiety of knowing that at any time, in any place, violence can strike, and in that respect, we are now victims of terrorism.
While we feel a deep sadness for the victims of the attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., the plane crash in Pennsylvania and their families and the Oklahoma City Bombing and their families, who have lived to suffer the devastating pain of the loss of a loved one, we began to think about the children here in the United States who live under this anxiety every day. How did we overlook their terrorism? Most call it child abuse. We call it child cruelty.
In child’s world, violence comes not at the hands of politically motivated extremists, but from their parents or caregivers. Suffering comes not from weapons of mass destruction, but fists, belts, scalding water, locked in dark closets, and cruel words. Attacks are not a rare occurrence, but a daily reality. Knowing that it is coming is the epitome of terrorism especially since a child is incapable of defending himself and does not know where to turn to avoid the torture and pain of neglect or abuse.
We kept thinking about the fact that while we watched news coverage of buildings crumbling and thousands of terrified, innocent people running for their lives, young spirits are being crushed at the hands of heartless adults with no high-profile media coverage to spark a country to awareness and action. Yes, we occasionally see, hear and read of young victims being abused or killed, but, few people are moved to act. The usual response to such news is an “…Oh, no!...” statement, and then on to breaking news.
While troops of rescue workers sift through debris in a desperate attempt to recover victims, young children are cowering in corners after yet another merciless beating, wondering if anyone cares enough to rescue them. While an entire nation mourns for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and the Oklahoma City Bombing, abused children continue to suffer horrifically with no tears of sadness shed on their behalf. Is it apathy on the part of the general public? Apparently so. we don’t see any great rush of humanity at the breaking story of another child being beaten or killed. Nor do we see more than platitudes from public officials or legislators. Yes, you will hear comments that such and such should be investigated. You hear that so and so is understaffed, overworked, and over whelmed but you do not hear from the front line workers who deal with child abuse on a daily basis.
For the past 25 years, we have been working to increase America’s awareness to the horrors of child cruelty and to bring the reality of the unimaginable level of physical and mental suffering these children deal with to the forefront.
We have written numerous commentaries and letters to the editors of newspapers and given speeches and talks to various groups and organizations. We have spoken in Washington, D.C. before a distinguished group of professionals and even sponsored a law in the California Legislature to provide computerized criminal history to child protective service workers so that they do not reunify the child with criminals. Unfortunately, that law failed in the appropriations department. Apparently $50,000 for the entire State of California is not worth protecting children. We have spent anguished hours over the opposition we have received and welcomed the pats on the back. But, child cruelty continues and children continue to live the daily terror awaiting the next blow.
Statistics show that everyday, scores of children are terrorized by abusive parents and that list continues to grow each year. Every 10 seconds a child is abused. Every 5 hours a child is killed. In cold, hard terms that means that every day a small hand is held over a flame, an infant is dipped in scalding water, a child is forced to swallow household cleansers, an empty stomach grumbles while parents eat, a terrified toddler trembles in a dark, locked closet, a tiny arm is broken, a life comes to a premature end. The scenes of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were difficult to look at, but, they can’t compare to the scenes that flash in front of the small eyes of an abused child.
I leave it to you to decide if a child, under these circumstances, is experiencing not only terror but wondering when it all will end.
The unified resolve shown by the American people following the recent terrorist attacks is impressively powerful and elicits confidence that swift, sure action will be taken to punish and prevent terrorist acts. If only that same level of mass resolve were focused on saving abused children. If only our country stood unified in the defense of these helpless children, how many young victims of daily terrorism could be saved? How many small spirits could be recovered? How many terrorists could be stopped?
We wonder what horrendous atrocity must occur to a child before every American resolves to put an end to child cruelty in every home in which it occurs.We have stated before, in print and speeches, that there is a pandemic of child cruelty throughout the world. Now, with the advent of the bird flu, mad cow disease, tainted spinach, Aids and other “epidemics”, the word pandemic has become as familiar to us as the word terrorism and, unfortunately, we must now state that a pandemic of child cruelty now exists on this Planet.
Simply put in perspective, if a
disease were killing hundreds of children in America each year, the Center for Disease
Control would mobilize everything it could to find the cause. Federal and State governments would spend
millions on treatment and trying to find a cure. No stone would be left un-turned and no sum of
money would be too great in an effort to end the pandemic. Over 3,000 children are kiled through abuse and neglect each year. Is that not an epidemic in your eyes?
Yes, our lives were forever changed by our visit to the Oklahoma Bombing Memorial
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Body of Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found Near Lake Cachuma as His Father Is Accused of His Murder
The body of a missing 5-year-old California boy last seen in late April has been found near a Santa Barbara County lake, homicide detectives confirmed to PEOPLE Saturday.
Aramazd Andressian Jr. was found near Lake Cachuma on Friday, after additional leads brought homicide detectives back to the area searching for additional evidence.
The discovery came hours after the boy’s father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., was extradited to Los Angeles where he has been charged with the 5-year-old’s murder. The 35-year-old man was detained on June 23 in Las Vegas in connection with his son’s death, and is being held on $10 million bail on a single murder count.
The boy was last seen on April 20, when he and his father visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California. They left the theme park around midnight.
Within a week of the boy’s disappearance, police arrested his dad on suspicion of one count of child endangerment and one count of child abduction. But they released him days later , citing “insufficient evidence.” It was not immediately clear what prompted his re-arrest.
Officials confirm that Andressian, Sr. and his wife, Ana Estevez, are embroiled in a bitter divorce, but they shared custody of their son.
Andressian, Jr. was supposed to be dropped off by his father in San Marino, California, on April 22 — but the elder Andressian failed to show. Instead, he was found passed out near his car in a nearby park. Police have alleged that the inside of his car was doused with gasoline and there were matches in his vehicle.
Andressian, Sr. told investigators he believed he was attacked, but he had no memory of the assault. He also told police he had taken some prescription medication that morning before falling unconscious, CNN reported .
“There has been a great deal of speculation regarding the timeline around his disappearance,” Andressian, Sr. wrote in a statement issued nearly a week after his son vanished. “The last time I saw my son was on Saturday morning, the 22nd, at Arroyo Park near my home in South Pasadena. After breakfast Aramazd Jr. wanted to go to the park before we were to meet his mother for a custody exchange at 9:00 a.m.”
“In one moment, I was at the park with my son, and then I found myself waking up in Huntington Memorial Hospital hours later,” he continued. “I was told that a good Samaritan found me unconscious on the ground near my car, with young Aramazd nowhere in sight. I can only speculate that I must have been attacked in the park, given my unresponsive state and subsequent physical condition.”
“My family and I are heartbroken and grief-stricken that Aramazd Jr. is missing and may be in harm’s way,” he continued. “I am pleading with the public to come forward with any knowledge of Aramazd Jr.’s whereabouts or information regarding the circumstances leading up to his disappearance.”
Estevez has also spoken publicly , pleading for the public’s help at a May news conference with law enforcement.
“There are no words to describe how devastated and heartbroken I am,” Estevez said through tears, before speaking directly to her son. “This message is for you my love: Be brave, honey. Don’t ever forget that mama loves you to the moon and the stars. I am counting the days until I see you honey, and I will never stop looking for you.”
“To those who are concealing my son, I pray every day that God will touch your heart and guide you to do the right thing and return my son,” she said.
Anyone with any information about this ongoing case can call the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500 or police in South Pasadena, California, at 626-403-7297.