Special News Release 20 Aug 18

On 17 Aug 18 Det. S. McPeek filed for a warrant for the arrest of William Cory Brice, age 27, 2800 Beach Drive, Lot 55, Belpre, Ohio, on charges of felonious assault and child endangerment, after an investigation in Belpre Township.

On 13 Aug 18 Deputies along with the Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department Squad responded to 2800 Beach Drive, in response to a 2 month old child having difficulty breathing.   Deputy Johnson observed a female, later identified as a traveling nurse holding an infant who appeared to be struggling to breathe, lethargic, and not moving.  Deputy Johnson was advised that William Brice brought the child to her because he knew she was a nurse.  At that time 911 was called and subjects began CPR.

The mother reports the child was fine an hour prior when she left the child with Brice to go to the store.  Deputy Johnson spoke with Brice who stated he was feeding the child when she started choking on formula, as she often does, so he put her down on her stomach to give her a break and went to the bathroom.  Brice then states he looked out and saw the child was rigid as if she was having a seizure, and he noticed bubbles in the corner of her mouth.  Brice stated he immediately took the child next door.

The Little Hocking Squad transported the child to the Marietta Memorial Hospital Belpre Campus and the child was later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.   Medical examinations showed internal injuries with no injury to the outside of the body.  Detectives were advised that the baby’s injuries were most likely as a result of shaken baby syndrome.

Based on the investigation that the child had not been in any car accidents, sustained any falls, seizures, or other outside injuries, and that the father was alone with the child, charges were filed on Brice through Marietta Municipal Court.