UPDATE | Guilty verdicts returned in baby Dylan case; life without parole sentence for Jessica Groves

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SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ/AP) -- UPDATE 1/10/20 @ 6:35 p.m.
After deliberating for more than two hours, a jury returned guilty verdicts Friday evening in the trial against a mother and father facing charges in their 2-month-old's murder.

Jessica and Daniel Groves react as a jury's verdict was announced in the murder trial involving their 2-month-old son Dylan is Scioto County, Ohio.

Both Daniel and Jessica Groves were facing 11 counts: aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, child endangerment, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse and four counts of felonious assault.

Jessica was found guilty of all counts. Her husband, Daniel, was found guilty of all but one count, aggravated murder. Ironically, the couple was convicted on what would have been their son's first birthday.

Jessica sobbed as the verdicts were read, while Daniel showed little emotion.

The judge proceeded to sentence Jessica Groves to life without parole on the aggravated murder charge. She was sentenced to 32 years combined on the other charges.

Daniel Groves was sentenced to 15 years to life on the murder charge, as well as consecutive sentences that amounted to 47 years to life on all the other charges, including the murder charge.

Baby Dylan's body was found last June in a well -- not far from his parents' home in Otway, Ohio. He was only two months old when he died.

One of the most emotional moments Friday came as Andrea Bowling, Dylans's foster Mom for 12 days, read an impact statement in the voice of baby Dylan.

“I was perfect, I could’ve been anything,” Bowling read on his behalf.

Prior to sentencing, Jessica Groves told the judge, “I’m just so very sorry. No matter what you do to me, it will never be what I will do to myself. I failed as a mother.”

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UPDATE 1/10/20 @ 2:45 p.m.
A jury is now deliberating in the case of a couple accused of murdering their young baby.

Both Daniel and Jessica Groves face 11 counts.

Those charges are aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, child endangering, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse, and four counts of felonious assault.

We have a crew in Scioto County Common Pleas Court as the 12-person jury deliberates.

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UPDATE 1/10/20 @ 10:20 a.m..
The father of an infant that was found dead in a well in Scioto County, Ohio took the stand Friday morning.

Daniel Groves told the jury he found Dylan dead in a Pack N Play on March 28 just a few hours after a case worker visited the home.

Daniel stated that Jessica Groves told him they would blame him since he had custody of Dylan.

He also says he 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.

On the trial’s fourth day, the 15-year-old testified that, every few months, he provided his own urine samples for his father at his father’s request. Daniel was subjected to random drug testing; however, while on the stand Friday, Daniel claimed those urine samples were for a friend.

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UPDATE 1/10/20 @ 9:25 a.m.
Jessica Groves was the first witness to take the stand Friday morning.

She said she caused the injuries to Dylan on March 27 and he died on March 28.

She claims they kept him at the home for a few days then took him to the well.

When asked if she murdered baby Dylan, she said, "not intentionally."

She claimed it was an accident and that she had dropped him. She told the jury she hid the injuries from Daniel.

Jessica began sobbing and refusing to answer questions from the prosecution under cross examination when asked how the healing skull fracture happened.

The judge called for a recess while defense attorney, Shawn Stratton, advised his client.

Spectators were asked to leave the courtroom for awhile but were eventually allowed back inside.

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UPDATE 1/10/2010 @ 8:30 a.m.
WSAZ learned this morning that both Jessica and Daniel Groves will take the stand.

The judge advises Daniel that if he takes the stand, the state will be able to question him about his prior theft conviction which will allow the jury to decide his credibility.

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UPDATE 1/9/20 @ 5:35 p.m.
The state rested its case Thursday afternoon in the trial of a couple accused of killing their son Dylan Groves.

The teenage son of Daniel and Jessica Groves was among witnesses who took the stand in Scioto County Common Pleas Court.

On the trial’s fourth day, the 15-year-old testified that, every few months, he provided his own urine samples for his father at his father’s request as Daniel Groves was subjected to random drug testing.

He testified that he saw baby Dylan Groves with swelling and bruising on his head and said his parents explained it away. He says he didn’t see baby Dylan for a few weeks.

Both Daniel and Jessica Groves face aggravated murder charges in Dylan’s death. The infant’s body was found last June in a well not far from his parents’ home in Otway, Ohio. If convicted, the Groves could face up to life in prison.

Our crew at the scene reported that Jessica Groves was bawling during some of the testimony – up to 20 minutes for one stretch.

Some graphic photos were shown as a forensic pathologist discussed the autopsy she performed on baby Dylan. Her report finds that he suffered fractures to his skull, arms, ribs and leg.

She testified some of those injuries had begun to heal while others had not. She estimates that it had to have been three separate incidents for those injuries to occur. When she received the body, it was secured in a crate found at the bottom of a well. She says Dylan had been wrapped in six layers of plastic sealed with duct tape.

In an interrogation video played for the jury, Jessica Groves can be heard talking to Daniel Groves -- not long after they were arrested in connection with their son's disappearance.

Thursday morning the jury heard testimony from a volunteer fireman who was called to help retrieve baby Dylan's body from a well.

It took them several hours to gain access to the milk crates roughly 30 feet below ground. He says once they placed it in the field, after a few minutes it began to smell.

"It was very strong, smelled like rot, death," Steven Gambill said.

Court recessed late Thursday afternoon, and the trial will resume at 8:30 a.m. Friday after the judge announced he wanted to start earlier.

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UPDATE 1/8/20 @ 5 p.m.
Nearly half a dozen witnesses testified Wednesday in an emotion-packed day in the trial of parents accused of killing their son, Dylan Groves.

Jessica and Daniel Groves face aggravated murder charges in Dylan’s death. His body was found last June in a well not far from his parents’ home in Otway, Ohio.

If convicted, the Groves could face up to life in prison.

Testimony wrapped Wednesday afternoon in the trial’s third day.

Foster mother Andrea Bowling testified about her 12 days spent with baby Dylan. As a teacher, she took time off to care for Dylan. She was there during his first few weeks of life and even picked him up from the hospital when he was discharged. She also took him to his first few pediatric appointments.

“I just wanted to know about his milestones,” Bowling said as she wiped away tears. She says she wrote the Groves a letter about how much she loved Dylan.

The jury heard more from Child Protective Services where a case worker said she did everything she could for baby Dylan, including three home visits where the parents told her everything was fine and they were making all of their appointments.

Eventually it came to a point where she could not reach the couple and they were missing meetings. On April 30, she filed a missing person report. The woman grew concerned and asked about the possibility of issuing an Amber Alert for Dylan.

After an investigation, the state found that Child Protective Services mishandled the case, as a whole, including failure to follow procedures. At the time, Dr. Lorra Fuller, executive director of Scioto County Child Protective Services, who remains on leave, cited an overload of cases for each worker.

The woman who testified Wednesday said when she worked on Dylan’s case she had 23. Now she has 31.

Among others who testified were Adam Giles, detective with Scioto County Sheriff’s Office. He talked about June 10 when investigators worked to obtain a search warrant for the Groves property, looking for baby Dylan.

Testimony is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Thursday. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.



UPDATE 1/7/20 @ 5:30 p.m.
An admission of guilt came out Tuesday in court from an attorney defending Jessica Groves, a mother accused in the death of her son Dylan.

That explosive statement came out during the first day of testimony in Scioto County Common Pleas Court.

Jessica and Daniel Groves both face 11 felony charges each in Dylan Groves’ death. His body was found last June in a well not far from his parents’ home in Otway.

Testimony wrapped up around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday because of some paperwork issues.

But the unexpected twist came during opening statements when Jessica Groves’ attorney, Shawn Stratton, told the jury she will take the stand and admit to killing baby Dylan, as well as take ownership for the multiple bone fractures found on the baby’s body.

Stratton says Jessica Groves is ready to take responsibility for her drug abuse, her actions and the consequences.

Daniel Groves’ attorney, Christine Scott, agreed with the announcement, saying Daniel did not murder or kidnap his son. Instead, she says Daniel found him unresponsive on March 28. He eventually led authorities to Dylan’s body found in a well, not far from their property in June.

Several witnesses took the stand on Tuesday, most of them employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center. They recalled the day in January that they met the Groves family. Jessica came into the labor and delivery unit, seemingly disconnected and unattached. They say she appeared under the influence and refused to cooperate with a urine sample or answer any of the staff’s questions.

It also came out during testimony that Daniel Groves admitted to nurses that Jessica was too high to attend prenatal appointments and had used heroin two days prior to the Dylan’s birth.

An employee of Child Protective Services read records that indicated Jessica Groves found out she was pregnant in October but continued to use drugs so that neither she nor her baby went through withdrawals.

During testimony, it was revealed that both Jessica Groves and baby Dylan tested positive for drugs at the hospital. Dylan has difficulty breathing when first born and spent five days in the hospital before being discharged.

It also was revealed during testimony that baby Dylan's body was found in a crate at the bottom of a well. The crate had been wrapped in chains, zip tied and weighted down with rocks. It took officials at least three hours to gain access to the container.

Testimony is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday. It is expected to last through the week and potentially into next week.

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UPDATE 1/7/20 @ 10 a.m.
The attorney for a mother whose baby was found dead in a well says she plans to take the stand and testify to killing her infant son.

"She's going to take responsibility for her actions and do the right thing right now," Attorney Robert Shawn Stratton said.

Stratton says Jessica Groves claims she is responsible for the bone fractures found on Dylan's body. Stratton also says Jessica says her husband, Daniel Groves, was not involved in their child's death.

According to Stratton, Jessica has also been open about her battle with drug addiction.

Authorities haven't disclosed a cause of death. They say Dylan initially was removed from his parents' custody when he was born with drugs in his system but was later returned to his father.

Investigators say Daniel Groves led police to Dylan's body after lying to them several times.

We will have continuing coverage of the trial. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.



UPDATE 1/6/20 @ 4:25 p.m.
A jury has been seated Monday for the trial of a couple charged in the death of their months-old son, whose body was found in a well not far from their southern Ohio home.

Jessica and Daniel Groves, both of Otway, pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges.

Their son, Dylan, was found dead last June, about six months after his birth.

According to our crew at the scene, 12 jurors have been selected with four alternates. The main jury is made up of seven women and five men, while the alternates consist of three women and one man.

Sixty-three potential jurors were interviewed.

Authorities haven't disclosed a cause of death. They say Dylan initially was removed from his parents' custody when he was born with drugs in his system but was later returned to his father.

The state determined a children's services agency mishandled the case.

We will have continuing coverage of the trial. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.



UPDATE 1/5/20 @ 4:58 p.m.
The trial is scheduled to begin Monday for a couple charged in the death of their months-old son, whose body was found in a well not far from their southern Ohio home.

Jessica and Daniel Groves, of Otway, pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges.

Their son, Dylan, was found dead in June, about six months after his birth.

Authorities haven't disclosed a cause of death. They say Dylan initially was removed from his parents' custody when he was born with drugs in his system but was later returned to his father.

The state determined a children's services agency mishandled the case.



UPDATE 10/17/19 @ 5:53 p.m.
The full autopsy report in the case of Dylan Groves, a months-old baby whose body was found in a 30-foot well in Otway, Ohio, has been released.

Groves' body was found in that well on June 12, not far from where his parents, Jessica and Daniel Groves, lived.

The autopsy was performed by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. The Scioto County Coroner's Office released the autopsy results to WSAZ on Thursday.

According to the autopsy report, Groves had several different bone fractures. The report states the baby's body was wrapped in plastic bags with duct tape around them.

The report goes on to say that his body was placed in milk crates bound by chains, pad locks, zip ties and metal wires.

It says the crates were weighted down with rocks and an iron-anchor type weight.

The coroner stated in the report that based on her findings, her opinion is that Groves' cause of death is 'homicidal violence.'

Groves' parents have both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them in connection to his death, including aggravated murder.

The baby was removed from their custody when he was born with drugs in his system, but he was later returned to his father before his death in June.

The autopsy report says Dylan died with drugs in his system, including methamphetamine and amphetamine. However, the full toxicology report is not being released.

Jessica and Daniel Groves are scheduled to go on trial in January.

The executive director for Scioto County Children's Services, Dr. Lorra Fuller, was placed on administrative leave as the state investigates the handling of this case.



UPDATE 9/26/19 @ 10:25 a.m.
The mother of a months-old boy found dead in an Ohio well has been found competent for trial on charges including aggravated murder.

Jessica Groves and her husband, Daniel, pleaded not guilty in the death of their son, Dylan.

Groves' attorney, Robert Shawn Stratton, stipulated to a psychiatrist's finding about her competency. A message was left Wednesday for Stratton.

New outlets report the trial is scheduled for January.

The baby's body was found in June in a well about 30 feet deep in Otway, where they lived, roughly 75 miles south of Columbus. Authorities haven't disclosed a cause of death.

They say Dylan was removed from his parents' custody when he was born with drugs in his system but was later returned to his father.

UPDATE 6/27/19 @ 7 p.m.
In a pre-trial hearing on June 25 2019, Daniel and Jessica Groves both waived their right to a speedy trial.

Their next pre-trial date is scheduled for August 1.

Their final pre-trial date will be in September and their jury trial is scheduled for October 15.

UPDATE 6/20/19 @ 4:34 p.m.
A judge revoked probation for a theft suspect who is now accused of killing his baby and hiding the infant's body in a well.

Daniel Groves, 41, was on probation for a misdemeanor theft charge when he was arrested in connection with his infant son's disappearance last week.

WSAZ confirmed Daniel's probation for the theft case was taken away Monday.

We also learned Thursday that while Daniel was on probation for that theft case, he was out on bond in a separate theft case. Before he was taken into custody for the baby's disappearance, Daniel was out on bond for two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge, including grand theft.

Court documents allege Daniel cut more than two dozen trees from a state forest valued at more than $29,000 between Sept. 17 and Nov. 14, 2018. He was arrested and posted a $5,000 bond on Dec. 10, 2018, but was not indicted on the charges until Feb. 14, 2019.

Scioto County Children's Services refused to talk with us Thursday. We were told Director Lorra Fuller is out until Monday and a supervisor, as well as Board Chair Al Oliver, did not return messages.

We can't tell you if they were aware of the other ongoing criminal cases when Daniel regained custody or if they even check with the court system.

Both Daniel and Jessica Groves, 39, now face charges of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, endangering children, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse, and four counts of felonious assault in connection with the baby's death.

Dylan Groves was found dead the evening of June 12 in Otway near his parents' home. The infant's body was in a well about 30 feet (9 meters) deep, according to deputies.

The Board of Scioto County Commissioners is now urging the Scioto County Children's Services Board to place its director on administrative leave. Investigators say Dylan was born addicted to drugs and spent the first months of his life under the care of Scioto County Children's Services. According to deputies, the couple regained custody of him after complying with CPS requirements.

Investigators say Daniel stopped showing up for court appearances, home visits, and doctor appointments for Dylan. That's when CPS and the sheriff's office started looking for the child.

Andrea Bowling, who was Dylan's foster mom before the Groves regained custody, told WSAZ she believes the system failed him horribly. Scioto County CPS declined a comment last week, saying they are not able to comment until the investigation is over.

Daniel is currently in jail without bond. The judge set Jessica's bond at $100,000. If they are found guilty on all counts, the pair could face life in prison.



UPDATE 6/17/19 @ 2:55 p.m.
The parents of an infant boy found dead last week in an Ohio well pleaded not guilty Monday to all charges including aggravated murder, our crew at the scene reports.

More disturbing details were released in the death of Dylan Groves. According to a preliminary autopsy, he suffered skull fractures on both sides of his skull, a fractured left arm (broken radius, humerus and ulna), a left leg fracture, two broken left ribs, soft tissue hemorrhaging in his right chest wall and a laceration to his left arm.

Dylan's body was found last week in Otway near the home of his parents Jessica Groves, 39, and Daniel Groves, 41.

Among other charges the couple faces are kidnapping and corpse abuse. As mentioned, they pleaded not guilty to those and the aggravated murder charge. The couple was arraigned before Judge Mark Kuhn in Scioto County Common Pleas Court.

Assistant Prosecutor Julie Cook-Hutchinson says initial evidence indicates that Jessica Groves is the principal offender in the case. She was visibly upset throughout the hearing.

No bond was set for either suspect.

Authorities say Dylan Groves was removed from his parents' custody when he was born with drugs in his system but was later returned to his father. There’s also a 14-year-old child in Child Protective Services. Prosecutors asked that he have no contact with Daniel Groves.



UPDATE 6/17/19 @ 11:25 a.m.
The parents of an infant boy found dead in an Ohio well are to be arraigned on charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping and corpse abuse.

A Scioto County grand jury indicted 39-year-old Jessica Groves and 41-year-old Daniel Groves, of Otway, last week in the death of their infant son, Dylan. Their arraignment is set for Monday at 1:15 p.m. in Portsmouth.

The parents were arrested before the indictment. Court documents don't list attorneys for them.

The baby's body was found in a well about 30 feet (9 meters) deep in Otway. That's about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Columbus. Authorities haven't disclosed a cause of death.

Authorities say Dylan was removed from his parents' custody when he was born with drugs in his system but was later returned to his father.

We will have a crew in the hearing.

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UPDATE 6/14/19 @ 12:49 p.m.
The parents of a baby found dead in a well in Scioto County are now facing murder charges.

The Scioto County Grand Jury indicted Daniel and Jessica Groves Friday on charges of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, endangering children, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse, and four counts of felonious assault.

If they are found guilty on all counts, the pair could face life in prison.

Sheriff's deputies say Dylan Groves was found in a well Wednesday evening in the Otway area. Investigators believe the baby has been dead since late March. His body was sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

Investigators say Dylan was born addicted to drugs and spent the first months of his life under the care of Scioto County Children’s Services.

The couple regained custody of him after complying with CPS requirements, but investigators say Daniel later stopped showing up to court appearances, home visits, and doctor appointments for Dylan. That's when CPS and the sheriff's office started looking for the child.

After several failed attempts to track down Daniel, 41, and Jessica, 39, there was a standoff at their home in Otway Monday, June 10. Both were arrested.

Andrea Bowling, who was Dylan's foster mom before the Groves regained custody, tells WSAZ she believes the system failed him horribly. Scioto County CPS declined a comment Thursday, saying they are not able to comment until the investigation is over.



UPDATE 6/13/19 @ 10 p.m.
A memorial service was held Thursday night for Dylan Groves, the baby whose body was found at the bottom of a well in Scioto County the night before.

A crowd lit candles at Faith Baptist Church in Wheelersburg, the home church of Andrea Bowling, who was Dylan's foster mom.

"He loved being swaddled and held close," Bowling said.

She says she only had Dylan for 12 days shortly after he was born in January with drugs in his system. She says after those 12 days, he was returned to his parents.

"He was just so precious and adorable," Bowling, who teaches in Minford, said. "I took thousands of pictures of him in the short time I had him."

She'd been hoping she'd eventually get Dylan back. She believes the system failed him horribly.

"There need to be changes made for this system that we have," Bowling said. "This should've never happened. I want Dylan's life to have that purpose and that meaning to stop this from ever happening again."

Bowling says the only thoughts keeping her together are the hope that this tragedy could spark positive change and her belief that she will see him again.

"I cannot wait to see Dylan again," she aid. "I know he's up there in Heaven, and I truly believe he'll be waiting on me."

Bowling's friend Sonia Banks organized the memorial service.

"I have a niece that we have custody of due to the drug epidemic," Banks said. "She's 15 now, but she was that age once, and she's now trying to be a voice for these younger kids, and this baby doesn't have a voice."

Dylan's parents, Daniel and Jessica Groves, were in court Thursday and waived their preliminary hearings. They've been charged with kidnapping and abduction, accused of keeping Dylan hidden from CPS.

Investigators say more charges will be filed.

Investigators say the baby was returned to his father after he completed family reunification requirements, but then the father started missing court appearances and doctor appointments for his son.



UPDATE 6/13/19 @ 7:05 p.m.
Family members say they are heartbroken after the body of Dylan Groves was found in a well Wednesday in the Otway area.

The baby’s parents, Jessica and Daniel, are now facing charges with his disappearance.

A relative told WSAZ the family was not ready to do any on camera interviews but said she hopes there is justice for Dylan. She added most of the family never even got to meet him, and they hadn’t been close to Daniel and Jessica for some time.

She says many of them found out that Dylan’s body had been found through a WSAZ newscast.

Investigators say Dylan was born addicted to drugs and spent the first months of his life under the care of Scioto County Children’s Services until Daniel met the requirements for family reunification. SCCS declines a comment Thursday saying they are not able to until the investigation is over.

The Groves appeared in court Thursday where they waived their preliminary hearings. That means their cases will be presented to a grand jury. The jury will decide if there is enough probable cause to indict the couple.

They are currently facing kidnapping and abduction charges in connection with the baby's disappearance. Investigators say more charges will be filed.



UPDATE 6/13/19 @ 12:40 p.m.
The parents of a baby found dead in a well in Scioto County appeared in court Thursday morning.

Both Daniel Groves, 41, and Jessica Groves, 39, waived their preliminary hearings. That means their cases will be presented to a grand jury. The jury will decide if there is enough probable cause to indict the couple.

They are currently facing kidnapping and abduction charges in connection with the baby's disappearance. Investigators say more charges will be filed.

Detectives found the body of Dylan Groves inside a well in Otway Wednesday evening. According to deputies with the Scioto County Sheriff's Office, the well appeared to be about 30 feet deep.

Investigators believe the baby has been dead since late March. His body was sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

Sheriff's deputies say the baby was born addicted to drugs. The couple regained custody of him after complying with CPS requirements, but investigators say Daniel stopped showing up to court appearances, home visits, and doctor appointments for Dylan. That's when CPS and the sheriff's office started looking for the child.

After several failed attempts to track Daniel and Jessica down, there was eventually a standoff at their home in Otway Monday, June 10. Both were arrested.

Also in court Thursday, the judge addressed a motion to revoke Daniel's probation. He was on probation for a theft charge, and committing new crimes violates his probation.

The judge asked Daniel if he wanted to admit to the violations and waive his right to a hearing, or deny the violations and require the state to provide evidence that shows probable cause that he violated his probation. Daniel chose to deny the violations and move forward with a hearing.

That probation hearing will be at 9:45 a.m. on June 20. Daniel can bring witnesses to testify on his behalf.

The judge set no bond for Daniel. Jessica's bond remains at $100,000.

UPDATE 6/12/19 @ 11 p.m.
The Scioto County Sheriff's Department confirmed late Wednesday night they've recovered the body of a missing baby.

Captain John Murphy says detectives received information of a possible location of Dylan Groves. Detectives responded to a location in Otway where they found a well that appeared to be about 30 feet deep.

Murphy says with the help of the Otway Fire Department, they were able to recover the body from the bottom of the well. The body has been sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

The baby's parents, Daniel and Jessica Groves, were arrested Monday. They are facing kidnapping and abduction charges in connection with the baby's disappearance.

According to a news release from the sheriff's department, investigators believe the baby has been dead since late March.

Investigators say more charges will be filed.



UPDATE 6/12/19 @ 6 p.m.
A missing infant boy from Scioto County is believed to be dead, the Scioto County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Investigators say they searched a wooded area where detectives received information that the baby was taken and left after death.

The release does not indicate a specific location where investigators have been looking for Dylan Groves.

Investigators, including with the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the state Department of Natural Resources, searched the scene with cadaver dogs. Deputies believe the child has been dead since the end of March.

As WSAZ reported Tuesday, the baby's parents, Daniel Groves, 41, and Jessica Groves, 39, both of Otway, Ohio, face multiple charges in connection with the missing infant.

According to Wednesday's release, Dylan was born with drugs in his system and had been in the custody of Scioto County Children Services.

Deputies say the baby was in CPS custody, but returned to the father after he "completed all requirements for family unification."

Investigators say the father started missing court dates, home visits, and doctor visits for Dylan. Scioto County Child Services made several attempts to find the child, "but had no success in doing so."

On May 3, a case worker asked the sheriff's office for help locating Dylan. Deputies tried multiple times to find the parents at their home on Mount Hope Road. On May 20, the chief deputy went to the home and saw Daniel and Jessica on a four-wheeler. He chased them, but the couple took off into the woods and got away.

Detectives were able to get a search warrant for the home on June 10. The sheriff's office executed the warrant with the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force. Deputies called in the Ohio State Highway Patrol special response team's aviation unit.

There was a six hour-long standoff, but officers ultimately arrested Daniel.

During the search of the home, deputies found several stolen items including two ATVs, a UTV, two trailers, a riding lawn mower, a camper, and other items. The total value was $42,000.

The suspects are being held in the Scioto County Jail.

Daniel is charged with abduction, kidnapping, interference with custody, a probation violation, theft, and receiving stolen property. He is in jail without bond.

Jessica is charged with abduction, kidnapping, interference of custody, and contempt of court. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Deputies say more charges will be presented to the Scioto County Grand Jury.

"Captain John W. Murphy stated that this investigation is still ongoing and that his detectives, along with the other agencies, have been working countless hours on this case and will continue to do so," the press release states. The sheriff's office thanked the other agencies that assisted.

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UPDATE 6/11/19 @ 10 p.m.
A married couple is facing charges after allegedly abducting their own infant son. .

According to court records, Otway residents Daniel and Jessica Groves are accused of taking the baby, who was in the custody of CPS, and keeping him hidden.

Court records say the parents refused to bring their son back to CPS, despite knowing the child was supposed to be returned.

The offense allegedly happened in Brush Creek in Scioto County.

Daniel Groves, 41, is charged with kidnapping, abduction, interference with custody, grand theft, and probation violation.

Jessica Groves, 39, is charged with kidnapping, abduction, interference with custody and contempt.

The suspects are being held in the Scioto County Jail.

Neighbors say there was a big police presence at the couple's home on Mount Hope Road in Otway Monday. They say there was even a helicopter and SWAT truck.

It hasn't been confirmed yet why that baby was taken away from his parents to begin with.

WSAZ has learned from court documents that the father was charged last fall after being accused of cutting down trees in a state forest near his home.

The Scioto County Sheriff's Department is not answering questions yet about this case or the status of the baby. They say they'll be releasing more information Wednesday.

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Daniel and Jessica Groves, of Otway, Ohio, are facing charges of abduction and kidnapping. Their 6-month-old son Dylan was found dead in a well two days after they were arrested.
Jessica and Daniel Groves, of Otway, Ohio, appeared in court Thursday morning. They are facing charges of abduction and kidnapping for keeping their 6-month-old son hidden from CPS. The baby was found dead in a well two days after they were arrested.