Authorities in Ohio say a man and woman have been arrested and their 4-month-old son found dead in a well months after the newborn was believed to have gone missing.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, 41-year-old Daniel Groves and 39-year-old Jessica Groves were arrested before the body of young Dylan Groves was reportedly found on Wednesday at the bottom of the well located in Otway.
As alleged in a statement the same day by the Sciotot County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Groves refused to come out of of his home on May 20 when police responded after children’s services reported that the parents had been missing appointments. He reportedly prompted a standoff with officers that lasted six hours.
“Scioto County Children Services had made several attempts to locate the child and to persuade the father to comply with terms as agreed upon at the time of temporary placement but neither could be located,” a police statement alleges.
Authorities were reportedly able to arrest Jessica Groves without incident.
Dylan Groves was reportedly first taken from his parents after authorities found narcotics in his system. Daniel Groves was granted custody a short time later, prompting intervention by police when they “received information that the baby was taken and left after death.”
Following an investigation, officials made the gruesome discovery and arrested the suspects on suspicion of criminal charges including kidnapping, abduction, and interference of custody. Additional counts are likely to be added in the future, according to WSAZ.
As of the latest reports available, they remained behind bars and the investigation remained ongoing. Detectives urge anyone with related information to call 740-351-1091.
[Featured image: Jessica Groves and Daniel Groves, Scioto County Sheriff’s Office]