A five-year-old girl is dead and New Boston Police said they are investigating the death.
New Boston Police said they received a call from Southern Ohio Medical Center at 9:40 am on Wednesday morning. Medical personnel informed police that a little girl was brought to the emergency room to be treated for injuries.
The New Boston Police said in a statement Thursday morning, “It is with great sorrow to announce that the child died at 10:47 pm Wednesday night.”
While the NPBD did not make a statement, Richard Greene, 46, and Sonya Greene, 38, were both booked into the Scioto County Jail on Thursday. Both were charged with aggravated murder, murder, and multiple counts of felonious assault and child endangering. We’ll have more on this story as it develops.
Prosecutor Helping With Investigation
When NBPD learned of the injuries, they immediately contracted the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office. The two agencies are working in tandem on what NBPD called an “active criminal investigation.” New Boston police said that Scioto County Prosecutor Shane Tieman and his investigator were assisting the department with the investigation into the tragedy.
New Boston Police said they would not release the name of the little girl or talk about the cause of death. “This is active and ongoing and we do not want anything to interfere with the investigation.”
The department said it would release more information if it becomes available.
Prosecutor Shane Tieman said his office is unable to comment due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Most Vulnerable At Risk
Scioto County Commissioner Bryan Davis expressed concerns last month that recent state budget cuts to areas like Children Services put kids at risk. “Where we are seeing the cuts are with children and with education. They are cutting the most vulnerable.”
Davis said he realized that money was tight due to the COVID-19 shutdown. “You would think there would be other areas they could cut.”
Many experts have expressed fear for the safety of children during the COVID-19 shutdown. Teachers and school personnel are often the first to notice signs of child abuse.