The Murder of Baby Dylan

The body of a missing four-month-old boy has been found at the bottom of a 30ft well in Ohio.

Parents Jessica D. Groves, 39, and Daniel A. Groves, 41, face charges including abduction, kidnapping – and authorities say more charges will be presented to a grand jury at a later date, Fox8 reports.

Baby Dylan was placed under the custody of children’s services when he was born with ‘illicit drugs’ in his system in January.

He was later returned to the custody of his father, Daniel. But after initially complying with officials’ requirements, police say he started to miss court appointments, home visits and doctors appointments.
After struggling to contact the couple, police attended the home multiple times, including on May 20 – when they saw the Groves’ on a four wheeler fleeing into a wooded area.

On June 10, Scioto County Sheriff’s Department obtained a warrant to search their home looking for Dylan.

Mom Jessica was arrested ‘without incident’, but the father Daniel Groves reportedly ‘barricaded himself inside’ the home for six hours before he was detained.
After struggling to contact the couple, police attended the home multiple times, including on May 20 – when they saw the Groves’ on a four wheeler fleeing into a wooded area.

On June 10, Scioto County Sheriff’s Department obtained a warrant to search their home looking for Dylan.

Mom Jessica was arrested ‘without incident’, but the father Daniel Groves reportedly ‘barricaded himself inside’ the home for six hours before he was detained.
At a vigil for the Dylan Groves, his temporary foster mom Andrea Bowling described the boy as ‘precious’ and ‘adorable’ to WSAZ.

Andrew Bowling (above) was Dylan’s temporary foster mom after the child was taken into the custody of children’s services
Andrew Bowling (above) was Dylan’s temporary foster mom after the child was taken into the custody of children’s services

Bowling from Minford, who took care of the boy for 12 days, said: ‘He loved being swaddled and held close.

‘I took thousands of pictures of him in the short time I had him.

‘I cannot wait to see Dylan again… I know he’s up there in Heaven, and I truly believe he’ll be waiting for me.’

The Jessica and Daniel Groves appeared in court on Thursday, where they faced felony charges of abduction, kidnapping, and interference of custody.

Daniel Groves also faces charges of probation violation and for receiving stolen property.
According to police, Dylan was born with drugs in his system, prompting social services workers to take custody of him shortly after birth. The baby’s father went through the required steps for family unification, and was allowed to have Dylan temporarily as long as he continuing meeting the requirements. Children Services remained the sole custodian of the baby.
Authorities said Daniel Groves starting missing doctor’s appointments, home visits, and court meetings shortly after he got the baby back. Children Services tried to find Dylan but when unsuccessful, the agency contacted police for assistance. On May 3, police visited the Groves’ home off of the 2200 block of Mount Hope Road in Otway, Ohio, but couldn’t the baby or the parents.

On May 20, police made another visit to the home and spotted the couple on a 4-wheeler. When officers tried to stop the pair, they fled. Police returned to the home on June 10 with a search warrant. While Jessica Groves was removed from the home without incident, authorities said Daniel Groves locked himself inside the home and refused to come out. After a 6-hour standoff, authorities successfully detained him.

Arrest documents from Portsmouth Municipal Court indicate that the couple was supposed to bring the baby back to social services, but they kept the infant hidden and refused to return him.
Search crews scoured the woods surrounding the pair’s home for days while looking for Dylan. On Wednesday, they found the baby’s lifeless body at the bottom of a 30-foot well. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is currently performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that according to Sheriff Marty Donini, the baby’s father admitted that the baby died in late March. It’s unclear why it took Children Services weeks before they contacted police for help. It then took the sheriff’s department an additional five weeks to obtain a search warrant to search the property.

“We found out late Monday that we weren’t going to be able to find the child alive,” Donini said. “It was going to be more of a recovery of remains.”

“He was just the sweetest little thing,” Dylan’s foster mom Andrea Bowling said, according to FOX 11. “He loved being swaddled and held close and I did that with him for 12 straight days.”

On Thursday, people in the community held a vigil for Dylan and mourned the life of the young baby.

“Moving forward there needs to be changes made,” Sonia Banks, the vigil organizer, said. “There needs to be changes made for the system that we have. This should have never happened and I want Dylan’s life to have that purpose and meaning and to stop this from ever happening again.”

Both suspects are facing numerous charges, including abduction, interference with custody, and kidnapping. Daniel Groves is facing an additional charge of theft and receiving stolen property charge.
DEATH BY ‘HOMICIDAL VIOLENCE’
The Groves face a list of eight charges including murder, kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse and more.

They have pleaded not guilty to all of the counts.

Dylan was described to have a lived a short and troubled life by authorities.

BORN WITH DRUGS IN HIS SYSTEM
He was taken into the custody of child services after he was born with drugs in his system.

Dylan was later returned to his father under the requirements that he attended court dates, home visits and doctor’s appointments.

But on May 3, the family vanished and the police were asked to intervene.

SIX-HOUR STAND-OFF
After being missing for three weeks, the parents were spotted on a four-wheeler near their home and fled into the woods.

Deputies executed a search warrant for Daniel’s home on June 10.

Jessica was taken into custody but Daniel barricaded himself inside the home and was later arrested after a six-hour stand-off.

Scioto County Sheriff’s Office believed that the boy may have died in March.
he foster mother of an infant who was found dead in a well in Ohio took the witness stand on Wednesday in the murder case against the baby’s parents.

Jessica and Daniel Groves have pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges for the death of their infant son, Dylan, who was found dead 30 feet in a well in June, about six months after his birth.

Other charges they are facing include kidnapping, endangering children, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse and four counts of felonious assault.

Andrea Bowling, who fostered Dylan for 12 days, broke down several times on the witness stand as she recounted her time with the baby. She described the symptoms he suffered after doctors testified Dylan was born with drugs in his system and had to stay in the hospital longer than usual.

“He had tremors and his arms would shake and his legs would jerk. He had sweats and he liked to be held at all times when he wasn’t asleep or in his mamaRoo, I was holding him,” she said through tears.

Bowling answered questions from prosecutors about Jessica’s demeanor during a visitation with the baby. She said she thought she was under the influence of something and expressed her concerns to Scioto County Children’s Services.

“She was kind of flailing her arms around and she was really happy and excited and more giddy than happy. Just under the circumstances, it was kind of unexpected behavior to walk into children’s services with the baby and just see that she was, I just felt like she was, under the influence of something at that time,” Bowling said.

Bowling said she asked if the parents would be drug tested and said she was surprised when she learned Dylan would be returned to them after just 12 days in her care. A case worker testified that Dylan was returned to Daniel because he had passed a drug screen.

Bowling explained what happened when she met Daniel to give Dylan back. “I was getting Dylan’s belongings together. I gave them to Daniel. I gave him some formula, diapers, his blanket, his quilt from the hospital, some pictures. I gave him a Bible,” she said.

She also testified about a letter she wrote to Daniel and Jessica giving them her phone number and asking them to call her if they needed anything.

“I just basically in the letter said how much I loved Dylan and cared about him and I just want to be, maybe, if I could be involved or to have them maybe let me know about some milestones that he reaches,” she said.

She told the jury they never reached out for help.

During opening statements on Tuesday, a defense attorney told the jury that Jessica was solely responsible for the baby’s murder and not her husband.

Jessica is expected to take the witness stand.

Patricia Craft, a Scioto County Children’s Services case worker, also testified on Wednesday that she attempted to get an Amber Alert filed for the baby but was told by a supervisor that it would make the agency “look bad” that they lost a baby. She filed a missing person’s report with the sheriff’s office in April.
The pair faced charges of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, child endangering, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse, and four counts of felonious assault.

when asked if she had acted alone and killed her baby, Jessica responded: “Yes” before claiming his death was “an accident”.
Since her admission, Jessica Groves has been found guilty of aggravated murder and murder, facing up to life without parole.

Daniel Groves was found not guilty of aggravated murder but guilty of murder. He’s facing 15 years to life with the option of parole.

The two-month-old baby’s body was found in a crate at the bottom of a well not far from his parents’ home in Otway, Ohio in June.

A forensic pathologist who performed Dylan’s autopsy told the court he had sustained fractures to his skull, arms, ribs and leg.
r Susan Brown said she found that some of the child’s injuries were in the process of healing and others weren’t at the time of his death, which indicated that at least three separate incidents had caused them.

According to Dr Brown, when she received the body, it was still secured in a crate that had been weighed down with 18 rocks and secured with three padlocks. She said Dylan had been wrapped in six layers of plastic sealed with duct tape and 12 zip ties. Authorities haven’t disclosed a cause of death.

Jessica today told the court she caused the injuries to Dylan on March 27 and that he died on March 28.

Jessica told the jury she didn’t remember how any of the child’s injuries occurred but claimed to have concealed them from Daniel.

“I can’t tell you something I can’t remember,” she said.

“When he died, a part of me died.”

She said the couple kept his body at home for a few days then took him to the well.

Under cross examination, Jessica told the court she had wrapped Dylan’s tiny body in plastic but also said she didn’t “quite remember…how it happened”.
“I can tell you (the plastic) didn’t come from under the kitchen sink…(I got it) outside,” she said.

The prosecutor, becoming increasingly frustrated with the defendant’s vague answers, then asked her why she allegedly “murdered” her baby.

“I was scared (of) losing everything,” a sobbing Jessica said without further explanation.

Tensions between the prosecutor and Jessica escalated as she was pressed for more details about precisely what happened, how and why.

“I have to live with this for the rest of my life, you have devoured my family,” Jessica snapped.

“I have admitted to my guilt and I have to live without my children.

“I’m done talking to you.”

The judge called for a recess while defense attorney, Shawn Stratton, advised his client. The session later resumed and the jury deliberated.

Earlier, the court heard Dylan initially was removed from his parents’ custody when he was born with drugs in his system but was later returned to his father.
My client, Jessica Groves, was and still is a drug addict. There is no doubt about that fact. She and she alone caused the injuries to Dylan Groves which led to his death. She murdered Dylan Groves,” Stratton said during opening statements on Tuesday.

According to investigators, Daniel led police to Dylan’s body after lying to them several times.
Daniel told the jury he found Dylan dead in his cot on March 28 just a few hours after a case worker visited the home. He said he believed he had died from natural causes and that Jessica told him he would likely be blamed for the baby’s death because he had custody of him.

Stratton said Daniel was “foolishly unaware” of his son’s injuries when he discovered his body.

“Once he found him, panic and confusion set in and with that panic and confusion came poor decisions,” Stratton said.

“Did he help hide the body? Yes. Did he suggest the well? Yes, he knew where this well was. Did he help craft the coffin and preserve Dylan? Yes, he did but that’s all he did.”

The court heard Daniel allegedly learned of Jessica’s drug use the day she went into labor with the child. Daniel admitted to struggling with a drug addiction himself in May of 2019 after his oldest son was removed from his care in late April.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s