A Scioto County couple now faces aggravated murder charges in relation to the death of their infant son, whose body was found in a well outside the village of Otway, officials said Friday.
Jessica Groves, 39, and Daniel Groves, 41, were indicted by a Scioto County grand jury on charges of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, endangering children, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, abuse of a corpse and felonious assault.
The body of the Groves’ infant son, Dylan, was found in a 30-foot-deep well on vacant property on Mount Hope Road in Union Township on Tuesday. Dylan was born in January and had been taken from his parents’ custody immediately because he had illicit drugs in his system at birth.
As part of a reunification plan, Dylan had been given back to his father temporarily, Scioto County officials told The Dispatch. The infant was not seen again and attempts to make contact with the family were unsuccessful.
Scioto County Children Services Director Lorra Fuller would not comment on how many times the agency tried to make contact with the Groves or what exactly it did to try to locate them.
In early May, a social worker had reached out to the Scioto County sheriff’s office for assistance in contacting the family, but those efforts were also unsuccessful.
A preliminary investigation determined that Dylan may have been dead since March.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091. Callers can remain anonymous.