UPDATE: Grandparents had prior child abuse-related charges, police say

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UPDATE, JULY 13, 3:50 P.M.: According to the New Boston Police Department, Richard and Sonya Greene had been convicted for in the past for various charges.

Charges for Sonya Greene include criminal charges for Child Endangerment filed on On January 16, 2015 by the New Boston Police Department. Sonya Greene, who was known as Sonya Duke at the time, plead no contest and was found guilty of a first degree misdemeanor.

The NBPD say they describe Richard Greene’s as having “lengthy criminal arrests and convictions history while it appears he was living in the State of Florida 1995 to anywhere to 2006.” Charges include theft, weapons, drug and tampering with a witness.

Charged filed related to child abuse by the Tampa, Florida Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office include battery and cruelty toward a child filed on July 25, 1995, neglect of a child filed on March 21, 1996, and Cruelty toward a child filed on Oct. 24, 2000. 

UPDATE, JULY 10, 3 P.M.: According to the New Boston Police Department, the 5-year-old has been identified as Annabell Greene.

UPDATE, JULY 9, 11 P.M.: Richard Greene, 46, of New Boston and his wife Sonya Greene, 38, have been arrested and charged with Aggravated Murder, Murder B,  three counts of Felony Assault and three counts of Endangering a Child. Richard Greene is the biological grandfather to the child and Sonya Greene, a step-grandmother.

Richard Greene

According to a statement sent to 13 News, Scioto County Children Services placed the victim and two other male siblings, ages 7 and 3 into the foster care of the Greenes. Police say the children lived in the home since approximately May 18.

Police say the victim suffered multiple injuries and bruising consistent with being physically abused.

The Greenes are in the Scioto County Jail and will appear Friday morning at Portsmouth Municipal Court.

Just last year Scioto County Children Services was under scrutiny after 2-month-old Dylan Groves died in his parents’ custody after Scioto County Children Services placed the child back with the parents from a foster home. The two-month-old’s body was found 30-feet-down a well in the spring of 2019. Daniel and Jessica groves were found guilty for his murder in January.

NEW BOSTON, OH (WOWK) Police are investigating after a five-year-old child is dead.

New Boston Police say they received a call from Southern Ohio Medical Center at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 that a woman brought a five-year-old girl into the emergency room with injuries.

Sonya Greene

Not long after, the child would be life-flighted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus where she would die at 10:47 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say their investigation started as soon as they got the call from SOMC and are being assisted by the Scioto County Prosecutor’s office.

New Boston Police are not releasing any names at this time, or how the little girl died as this is an active criminal investigation.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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