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Father arrested in death of Massillon baby

Posted by Maggi Martin April 11, 2008 09:02AM

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The father of a 4-month old baby girl was charged with murder Wednesday for raping and smothering the infant in 2006.

Massillon police and the FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Jay Biggs, 23, who now lives in Green, Wednesday at a friend's home in Cleveland.

Biggs is charged with killing Jaydee Lynn Biggs, who was found dead in her bassinet on June 5, 2006. His bond was set at $1 million.

The Stark County coroner ruled the baby had been raped and smothered.

Massillon police said the parents refused to cooperate and moved away, complicating the case.

Police developed new leads with help from the Ohio Attorney General's office.

Tragedy of 10-year-old mom

The baby’s birth at University Hospital on Nov. 4 was routine.

What wasn’t routine was the fact the infant’s mother was just 10, impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend.

Now, social workers are trying to figure out how to unravel the mess involving one of the youngest children ever to give birth in Greater Cincinnati.
Prosecutors were in court Wednesday to discuss what to do with both children, the newborn and her now 11-year-old mom.

The court session in Hamilton County Dependency Court on Wednesday was primarily a status session on how both the baby and young mother are doing.
At the same time Wednesday, Lockland police were in Columbus talking to a convict whose DNA shows he’s the baby girl’s father.

Michael Chaffer, 40, is accused of impregnating his girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter, according to Hamilton County prosecutors.

The baby’s birth set off an investigation by the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services and stunned social workers because the baby’s mother is so young.

The baby has been taken from her mother and put in a foster home while the child-mother is now being taken care of by a relative. Her mother is not allowed to see the baby and can only see her daughter when supervised by social workers.
Lawyers jammed the courtroom Wednesday, representing the prosecutor’s office and all three generations of the family.

The girl’s mother was warned not to let any adult men in her Lockland home while caseworkers tried to track down the infant’s father.

Paternity was not determined until Wednesday morning.

Prosecutors say the girl’s mother ignored that order to keep adult men away from her child, and when a caseworker made a surprise visit to her Lockland home Jan. 4, they found Chaffer.

Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Lee Slocum said Chaffer faces criminal charges for impregnating and sexually molesting a girl under the age of 13.
Lockland Police Chief James Toles said two officers were interviewing Chaffer on Wednesday in a Columbus prison, where he is serving a one-year sentence on an unrelated charge.

Sex with a child under 13 is considered statutory rape, a crime punishable with a life prison term.

As JFS investigated the case, several relatives of the 11-year-old girl contacted the agency saying Chaffer sexually abused the girl for a “period of time.”

The 11-year-old girl’s mother is also under investigation, Slocum said, for allowing her daughter to be abused.

Job and Family Services workers can’t remember a case in which a girl so young gave birth.

“Unfortunately, sexual abuse is pretty common in the cases we see,” said JFS Director Moira Weir. “But it is highly unusual and extremely sad to see a case where a 10-year-old becomes pregnant.

“This is an example of why everyone in the community needs to be extremely vigilant about watching for the signs of abuse and notifying us through our 241-KIDS hotline,” she added. “The sooner we can intervene, the sooner we can make sure the child is in a safe situation.”

Hamilton County prosecutors want a court designation that the 11-year-old girl was abused. They allege the 11-year-old’s mother failed to care for her by allowing Chaffer near her.

Prosecutors also want to take the infant away from the mother because the sixth-grade student is too young to care for the baby.

As she waited for the hearing to start, the child, who was wearing faded jeans and a T-shirt hoody with her hair tied into a ponytail, sat next to her mother. She chatted about school, music and Disney video games.

During the hearing, as prosecutors and attorneys discussed the case and the possibility that the 11-year-old could lose her baby, she wiped away tears with the palms of her hands.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Magistrate Charles Milazzo determined the girl could visit her baby at least twice a week.

But he said the 11-year-old girl’s mother may see her only if social workers can supervise the visits, and that she may not see the baby.

Authorities became aware of the birth after the 11-year-old girl delivered the baby at University Hospital. Hospital officials notified JFS because the mother was so young.

The 11-year-old girl and the infant were allowed to remain in the mother’s home while JFS investigated the case. Two other men were eliminated as the baby’s father before Chaffer’s DNA was tested.

When the caseworker found Chaffer in the home Jan. 4 – a violation of JFS’ order that no men be in the home – they arrested him on a charge of obstruction of official business.

Court records show Chaffer slammed the door on the officer and refused to open it.
Chaffer pleaded guilty to that charge the next day, which violated his probation on an earlier drug charge. As a result he was sent to prison for one year.

JFS immediately took the 11-year-old girl and infant from the home.

A Guardian Angel for Marcus
You will never be Harmed Again


Foster mother sentenced to life with parole for child's death

Associated Press Writer

CINCINNATI — A judge told a woman Thursday she didn't seem sorry about the death of her 3-year-old foster son she left home alone bound up in a closet when she went to a family union, then gave her life in prison with the chance of parole.

After hearing Liz Carroll apologize for her lies — she had claimed after the boy's August death that he disappeared in a park — and her claim she didn't want him hurt, Clermont County Judge Robert Ringland said she had to accept responsibility for the child entrusted to her. Marcus Fiesel was developmentally disabled and was left confined for the weekend in a blanket and packing tape.

"There has never been a sincere concern for Marcus Fiesel," Ringland said. "Even to this day, the only remorse is that you are being found guilty and not for the death of this child."

Ringland gave Carroll, 30, life with possible parole after 15 years, on the murder charge, and prosecutors expect her to be in prison at least 54 years based on the sentences the judge issued on a total of seven charges including involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, felonious assault and child endangerment.

Jurors who deliberated about five hours in Batavia, east of Cincinnati, decided Wednesday she caused the boy's death by leaving him for two days while she went to a family reunion in Kentucky. The case has led to pushes for changes in Ohio's foster care system.

Carroll, who did not testify during trial, said she never meant harm Marcus, who had lived with the family three months.

"I didn't do this to Marcus," she said. "I did not and would not ever hurt a child."

Her attorney, Gregory Cohen, told Ringland that Carroll was a good mother who loved children, dragged down by bullying husband David Carroll Jr. and his live-in lover. He said she was an honor student, an athlete and student body leader in Massachusetts before moving to Ohio.

"This is not a monster standing here next to me," Cohen said. "This is a well-liked, well-loved, woman who made a horrendous error in judgment." Carroll will appeal, he said.

Carroll pointed to Amy Baker, who was having an affair with Carroll's husband and moved in with them and was the state's key witness against her.

"I'm sorry for the lies and I hope that someday that the truth can come out, because Amy Baker does not speak the truth," she said.

Assistant Prosecutor Daniel "Woody" Breyer called the boy's death "the most offensive and heinous crime" he could recall in three decades as a prosecutor. He scoffed at the idea that Carroll was a good mother, saying neighbors told authorities her own four children and those brought to her home daycare were left unsupervised, jumping on a trampoline alone or roaming the neighborhood.

She has continued to change her version of events, Breyer said.

"I've lost count; could be her third story, fourth story, fifth story," he said.

David Carroll Jr., 29, faces trial March 19 on the same charges as his wife. He also is charged with gross abuse of a corpse, for allegedly burning the boy's body and then dumping the remains in the Ohio River.

Prosecutors say the Carrolls concocted a cover-up after finding the boy dead when they returned from the reunion. They claimed he had wandered off or had been snatched from a park in suburban Cincinnati; thousands of volunteers fanned out to search for him.

Prosecutors played video of Liz Carroll's press conference in which she appealed for public help in finding a boy she knew was dead.

Jurors also heard a reading of her grand jury testimony in which she at first insisted that the boy had disappeared in the park, but finally admitted that she knew he had died in the closet at her Batavia home. She said she didn't intend to hurt him; prosecutors told the jury that didn't matter because her criminal acts caused his death.

Baker has not been charged, but acknowledged that she helped dispose of the child's body. Prosecutors agreed not to pursue charges against her in exchange for her testimony against the couple, unless evidence shows she had hands-on involvement in the boy's death.

The Carrolls also face trial on lesser charges, including perjury and inducing panic, here in Hamilton County, where they said Fiesel had disappeared.


Toledo parents charged for caging their kids

Friday, May 04, 2007 | 11:20 AM

John Westover, 37, and Jessica Botzko, 28, appeared before a judge in Toledo Municipal Court this morning. They are charged with endangering children and drug abuse. Westover and Botzko were taken into custody yesterday.

Police say a 10-year-old boy was forced into a cage and shocked repeatedly by his parents who made him wear a dog collar. The story we broke last night continues to become even more disturbing.

According to court documents, the mother watched the boy's father put a pet collar on the boy and use a remote control device to abuse him. Police say what happened to the two boys who lived in this trailer was unthinkable.

Jessica Botzko and John Westover allegedly locked their sons, ages 5 and 10, in a cage used for animals. According to the court document, they put "A shock collar around the neck of their 10-year-old in which the child was shocked through the use of a remote control device repeatedly."

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