Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Dorothy Smith said the crime was horrific.
by David Miller
Batavia, Ohio – The prosecutor’s office says Charles Crawford admitted to putting his 4 month-old into the river.
Investigators have not yet said if they know exactly how Kaylynn Crawford died. An autopsy report is pending.
At a bond hearing Tuesday morning in the Clermont County Municipal Court, Charles Crawford did not enter a plea. A Clermont County judge set his bond at $2 million. If he makes the cash bond, Magistrate Anita Bechmann said, “It will be a reporting bond with house arrest with electronic monitoring” with ankle monitoring at Crawford’s expense. [quote_left]Crawford is charged with aggravated murder, a 1st degree felony. Crawford could face the death penalty or imprisoned for life.[/quote_left]She also said that if he makes bond she is ordering him to stay away from anyone less than 18-years-old.
Crawford is charged with aggravated murder, a 1st degree felony. Crawford could face the death penalty or imprisoned for life.
Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Dorothy Smith said the crime was “horrific” and that Crawford is alleged to have, “dropped the child into the Little Miami River.” In urging for a high bond she said Crawford was a risk to himself and to the community. ”He is not a good risk to return to court. And if he is, by any means able to make a cash bond in this case, we are asking for a high cash bond and extremely restrictive terms on his bond.”
Crawford called 911 just before 10 PM on Sunday night and said that he went into the Dollar General store on Loveland Madeira Road and when he returned to his car, his daughter and her car seat were gone.
[quote_right]In urging for a high bond she said Crawford was a risk to himself and to the community.[/quote_right]On Monday afternoon during a press briefing where Kaylynn was found, Savalas Kidd, Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) said, “The report that Charles Crawford filed indicating that Kaylynn had been abducted from the Dollar General was fabricated. Police said that information Crawford eventually gave them, led police to search the Little Miami riverbank. The dead infant was found on private property in the 100 block of Glendale-Milford Road in Miami Township, Clermont County, a short distance east of Remington.
Special agents with the Attorney General’s Crimes Against Children Unit, which is a division of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), were requested by Loveland Police Chief Sean Rahe to lead the criminal investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also provided assistance in the investigation.
The 24-year-old last resided on Hamilton Avenue living with his grandmother and was not employed. He worked for Time Warner Cable six-months ago.
As Crawford was led out of the courtroom, Bechmann said, “Good luck to you sir.”