Scioto County Couple charged after baby found in well

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SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WOWK) – A Scioto County couple are facing numerous charges after the body of a baby was found about thirty feet down a well in Otway, Ohio.

The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office says Daniel Groves, 41, and Jessica Groves, 39, have been indicted for Aggravated Murder, Murder, Kidnapping, Endangering Children, Tampering with Evidence, Interference with Custody, Gross Abuse of a Corpse, and four counts of Felonious Assault.

Deputies say if the couple is found guilty on all counts they face up to life in prison.

Deputies, along with assistance from the Otway Fire Department were able to recover the body from the bottom of the well. The body has been transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

The four month old baby was in custody of Children Services after being born with drugs in his system but was returned to his biological father after being found compliant with all regulations set by Scioto County Children’s Service.

Deputies responded to the 2200 block of Mount Hope Road in Otway after trying to find the four month old baby after Scioto County Children Services made attempts to locate the baby during the month of May and were unable to locate the baby.

Jessica Groves was removed from the residence in Otway without issue, while Daniel Groves barricaded himself.

After a six hour standoff, Daniel Groves was apprehended by authorities.

Deputies say that several stolen items were recovered on the property, including two four-wheelers, a UTV, two stolen trailers, a riding lawn mower, a camper, and other items valued at $42,000.

Anyone with any more information regarding this case should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.

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