SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WOWK) — Opening statements took place on Tuesday, January 7, 2019, in the trial of Jessica and Daniel Groves who are facing murder charges after two-month-old Dylan was found 30 feet down a well in Scioto County, Ohio in June of 2019. During the prosecutions opening statement, Julie Hutchison apologized to the jury for things they will soon see.
Jessica Groves’s defense attorney, Robert Stratton, stated that his client, Dylan’s mother, killed baby Dylan, and she was here to take full responsibility for her actions. He said, “She murdered Dylan Groves.” Stratton also stated on the record Jessica plans to testify.
The prosecution called a number of witnesses to the stand. The first few included nurses and medical personnel present for Dylan’s birth at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Their testimonies pieced together a story that Jessica came in uncooperative with staff and detached from Dylan after his birth. At one point, the staff said Daniel allegedly told them Jessica “had used heroin 2 days ago.” That same witness stated Jessica told her she did not have a car seat or a safe place for Dylan to sleep.
In the afternoon, Scioto County Children’s Services Staff, the agency responsible for Dylan’s care and safety, began to testify. An autopsy found the infant had been subjected to drugs and had several current and formerly broken bones.