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Babysitters charged with murdering 3-year-old boy

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Boy’s mother also charged in connection with her son’s death

An Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci press release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JEFFERSON_On November 28, 2018, the Ashtabula County Grand Jury secretly and directly indicted the following persons involving the tragic death of 3-year old Brantley A. Santiago on April 25, 2018 which occurred in Orwell Village:

SAMANTHA M. OLAH

  1. Two counts of Murder, an unclassified felony
  2. Two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, a first degree felony
  3. One count of Felonious Assault, a second degree felony
  4. One count of Endangering Children, a second degree felony
  5. One count of Endangering Children, a third degree felony

 

 

VALORIE D. OLAH 

  1. Two counts of Murder, an unclassified felony
  2. Two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, a first degree felony
  3. One count of Felonious Assault, a second degree felony
  4. One count of Endangering Children, a second degree felony
  5. One count of Endangering Children, a third degree felony

 

 

BEVERLY J. SANTIAGO

  1. One count of Involuntary Manslaughter, a first degree felony
  2. One count of Endangering Children, a third degree felony

 

 

 

 

 

On April 27, 2018, Brantley died as a result of blunt force injuries of his head, trunk, and extremities with brain, skeletal, and soft tissue injuries, and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death a Homicide. The child was in the custody of his mother Beverly J. Santiago, who placed the child while she was at work with babysitters Valerie D. Olah and Samantha M. Olah. It was reported to the Orwell Police Department by the Olahs that Brantley had fallen down a flight of steps in their residence, and was seriously injured as a result of that fall.

Medical evidence demonstrates that the injuries sustained by Brantley which led to his death could not have been exclusively caused by a fall down a flight of stairs, as alleged by the Olahs. Evidence exists to show that the child exhibited other injuries sustained while in the care of the Olahs prior to April 25, 2018 incident.

Beverly Santiago has been charged as a result of her violating her duty of care and protection of her child, by placing Brantley in the care of the Olahs after being aware that the child had pre-existing suspicious injuries while in their care and having been directed by a pediatrician only a few days prior to the incident to avoid using the Olahs for child care purposes any further.

This case was investigated by the Orwell Police Department and the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department. All of the above-named persons were arrested on December 3, 2018 and are currently incarcerated in the Ashtabula County Jail pending their arraignments.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Orwell Police Department and the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department for their continued work on this very difficult case,” Iarocci stated in his press release.

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