Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In Ohio, Coroner: Bowling Green baby's death is a homicide | Shaken Baby Syndrome

The death of a 3-month-old baby boy who died under suspicious circumstances on May 5 was reportedly ruled a homicide Thursday by Wood County Coroner Dr. Douglas Hess.

Abusive head trauma was listed as Carter Steinmiller's cause of death.
Although no one has reportedly been charged with causing the infant's death, his mother, Rebecca Steinmiller, 25, of rural Bowling Green was indicted in May by a Wood County grand jury on one count of endangering children.
Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson said at the time that Mrs. Steinmiller reportedly knew her son's arm was broken for at least four days before his death but failed to seek medical attention for him or notify law enforcement.
Mr. Dobson reportedly said Thursday that with the coroner's report, more charges could be filed in the case.
"We're evaluating the full report right now, and I would anticipate that from the information we've got --
there's not a whole lot left in our investigation
-- if anything is going to happen it would likely happen soon," he said.
About 5:50 p.m. May 5, Mrs. Steinmiller called 911 crying and saying her baby was not breathing, that she
and her husband, Brian Steinmiller,
could not resuscitate him.
"I need an ambulance right away," she told the dispatcher. "I just woke up from my nap, and my
husband found my baby vomited. We're trying to resuscitate him. We can't get him to breathe, and I just woke up from my nap."
The baby was reportedly transported by ambulance from the couple's Brim Road mobile home to Wood County Hospital
where he was pronounced dead.
Mrs. Steinmiller is reportedly being held in the Wood County jail on a $10,000 bond from Bowling Green Municipal
Court where she failed to appear for a hearing on a community control violation from an unrelated case.
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