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New! Earlier today I filed a complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court asking them to investigate the conflict of interest between Donald W. White and Robert Scott Croswell III. They should lose their law licenses just like Michael Nifong down in North Carolina did. Click here to read the complaint.
New! DONALD WHITE PROSECUTED JERRY BITTNER IN 2000 FOR ACCIDENTALLY LEAVING HIS DAUGHTER IN A CAR WITH WINDOW SLIGHTLY ROLLED DOWN. (Scroll down to bottom for the latest.) How was it child endangering and involuntary manslaughter in 2000, but not in 2007?!
This is wrong!
Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby won’t be charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Cecilia Slaby, who was left in a car for eight hours amid searing heat Aug. 23, prosecutors said this morning. (source)
This is how the "justice system" treats upper-middle class white women.
But, it ain't over. You won't see CNN's attack dog, Nancy Grace, tackle this issue; I will. Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby must be held accountable for the death of poor, little, 2-year old Cecilia Jane Slaby.
The people of Ohio have an obligation to make sure that the decision by Clermont County Prosecuting Attorney Donald W. White doesn't stand. To that end, I call on Ohio's chief legal counsel and law enforcement officer, Attorney General Marc Dann, to step in and take this case before a Grand Jury. He, most likely, won't handle the case, but he can make sure that a special, independent prosecutor is appointed.
I am also asking the Ohio Supreme Court to suspend the law licenses of White and Slaby's attorney, R. Scott Croswell III. The basis of this request is that Croswell is a Clermont County Commissioner. White and Croswell have, or at the very least give the appearance of having, a conflict of interest in proceeding forward on this case.
Here's the problem. Counties in Ohio are governed by a three-member Board of County Commissioners. The Department of Jobs & Family Services is responsible for investigating and initiating action against parents accused of child abuse. This county department answers to the Commission.
The Prosecuting Attorney is independently elected. By law, the prosecutor represents the Commission in all civil legal issues. Said another way, the prosecutor serves as the Commissioners' attorney.
After Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby killed her child, she hired County Commissioner Croswell. (See, "Mom 'still in shock': Lawyer says it was accident that doesn't equal a crime.") Again, Prosecutor Don White works for Croswell. And the Department of Jobs & Family Services answers to Croswell.
So, today, surprise... surprise... Croswell's lawyer, Don White, comes out and says he isn't going to charge Crowswell's client, Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby. And, to my knowledge, the Department of Jobs & Family Services (yeah, the same one that gets funded by Croswell and answers to him) never launched an investigation into this incident. Therefore, they never took action to protect Slaby's other child, a 5-year old girl.
Let's hope Slaby doesn't get busy and need more doughnuts before the weather breaks. There might be another child simmering in the hot sun! I'm worried about another Cecilia Slaby. Let's also hope none of the kids at Glen Este Middle School have to ride in Slaby's kiddie cooking machine.
I'm so tired of people making excuses for white-on-white crime. Don White isn't protecting white kids who get killed by their parents.
Update: On the same day that Brenda Slaby roasted her daughter, another upper middle class white couple from St. Louis -- Dr. Beth Ann Kozel and Russell Knutsen -- did the same thing! The cops in St. Louis haven't charged them with a crime. The difference in St. Louis versus Clermont County is that not long ago a Black daycare worker, Delea Payne, the director of the Happy Go Lucky Daycare, accidentally left a 2-year old in the backseat of a daycare van and was immediately arrested and charged with Child Endangerment, even though the child wasn't harmed. The daycare lost it's license and was forced to close. (source) By bringing criminal child endangerment charges against Payne, the cops knew Payne's ability to make a living would be impacted. The same thing is true for the white doctors from St. Louis. And the same thing is true about Brenda Slaby. No one can tell me that she would still have a job as a vice principal if she had to face child endangerment charges. Not only don't the cops and prosecutors want to put white people in jail, they don't want to hurt their ability to make a living. When you are poor or Black, that concern isn't there. (For more information on the two St. Louis cases check out "Lawyer alleges bias in handling of cases of children left in cars." Also read "When babies die, our compassion seems to match parents' stature" in which columnist Slyvester Brown, Jr. takes a look at more cases of child endangerment, including what seems like a blatent injustice in Florida.)
Update II: You will probably hear about this tonight on Channel 5. The rest of the lazy, white media doesn't seem interested in accurately reporting on developments in this case.
In 2000, Clermont County Prosecutor Don White prosecuted Jerry Bittner and his wife Bonnie Bittner for child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter. Here are the facts as taken from Ohio v. Jerry Bittner.
On June 23, 1998, Jerry Bittner, his wife Bonnie, their infant daughter Serena Bittner, Jerry's mother Joan Bittner, Jerry's two children from a previous relationship, and Bonnie's four children all lived in Joan's trailer in Goshen Township.
As you can surmise from hearing that so many people lived together in a trailer, THEY WERE POOR. Jerry was working two jobs to support his family.
That afternoon, Bonnie and the children took Joan to work, went to a hardware store, and returned to the trailer at about 5 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., Jerry came home from work to see his children before leaving for his second job. Not seeing Serena, he inquired as to her whereabouts.
The temperature that day was eighty-four degrees Fahrenheit.
Except for the front passenger window which was opened one to two inches, all the other windows were closed.
Serena was very hot, sweaty, clammy, and pale. She was "whizzing real bad" and "breathing hard." To cool her off, Jerry had Serena and Bonnie take a lukewarm bath together. According to Jerry, following the bath, Serena was no longer whizzing and sweating, showed no signs of distress, and drank a bottle of formula.
Jerry and Bonnie talked for a brief moment about whether they should take Serena to the hospital, but decided instead to wait and see. (Because of their prior involvement with county social services agencies, which resulted in the children being temporarily removed from them twice, Jerry and Bonnie concocted a story that Serena's heat illness had been caused by her being left unattended on a bed where she covered herself in blankets and became overheated.) Jerry did not go back to work that evening in case they needed to go to the hospital.
Although Serena looked fine after the bath, she was still warm. Her temperature was then taken. Her temperature registered 101.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bonnie called a twenty-four hour nursing service for advice. The nursing service advised them to give Serena "Tylenol for the fever," which they did. Serena thereafter fell asleep.
At about 9 p.m., Serena felt warm and she was given more Tylenol. During the course of the evening, she drank more bottles of formula and slept on and off in Bonnie's arms. Jerry testified in court that Serena slept more than she was awake, and that when she was awake she would just lay there.
At about 2 a.m., Serena started shaking and stopped breathing. Jerry began performing CPR on Serena, which prompted her to throw up formula, and 911 was called.
Loretta Burns, a paramedic with the Goshen Township Fire Department and E.M.S., was dispatched to the scene and arrived there at 2:30 a.m. Despite several attempts at reviving Serena, Burns never detected any vital signs in the child. Serena was eventually taken to the Bethesda North Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The coroner ruled that the cause of death was hyperthermia due to exposure to excessive heat.
Don White sought and received a one count indictment of Jerry in March 2000 on one count of involuntary manslaughter in violation of R.C. 2903.04(A) and one count of child endangering in violation of R.C. 2919.22(A). Bonnie was indicted on the same charges. (source)
Jerry took the case to a jury trial. At the conclusion of his jury trial, Jerry was convicted as charged. He was sentenced to a one-year prison term for the child endangering conviction and to a four-year prison term for the involuntary manslaughter conviction.
Update III: WLWT-TV (Channel 5) has obtained a copy of the police report and it says that this wasn't the first time Brenda Slaby left her now dead 2 year-old in the car. (story link)
BATAVIA, Ohio -- A police report indicates that Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby left her 2-year-old daughter alone in a car on previous occasions prior to the girl's death.
News 5's Brian Hamrick said the Union Township police report on Cecelia Slaby's death said that Nesselroad-Slaby left the girl in a car on "numerous occasions", including at least once in the week prior to the girl's death.
Hamrick said that the report indicates that investigators talked to current and former workers and discovered that Nesselroad-Slaby left the girl in the car while she was at the Compass School in Mason.
Hamrick said that some of the reports were documented, while others were not.