Springfield couple charged in baby’s death

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Two people have been charged in connection to the death of a 21-month-old toddler.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Two people have been charged in connection to the death of a 21-month-old toddler.

Caitlyn Heinzen, 27, and Brandon Beedy, 33, both of Springfield, were charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony endangering children in Clark County Common Pleas Court.

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They are charged in connection to their son’s death, according to Springfield Police Division.

Camden Beedy was found dead on Jan. 12 in a home on 1991 Kenton St., according to Springfield police.

“When officers and medics arrived at the scene, they discovered 21-month-old, Camden Beedy, deceased,” a press release from police says. “During the investigation and through the final Autopsy report, the official cause of death of the child was determined to be dehydration.”

Heinzen was arrested on Thursday and placed in the Clark County Jail, the release says. Beedy was also located and is currently hospitalized for an unrelated medical issue.

A police report detailing the events of the day says police were called to a home on the 1900 block of Kenton Street at around 6 p.m. Saturday evening Jan. 12 for a report that a 22-month-old had died.

The person reporting the incident to police found the baby unresponsive in his crib, according to the report.

The report says the baby died between Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m. and Jan. 12 at 6:05 p.m.

Springfield police, when contacted by the Springfield News-Sun at the time, declined to comment saying the case was under investigation.

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The baby is described in the police report as a 35-pound male with brown hair and blue eyes.

The report is listed as a dead-on-arrival, unspecified death case.

The Springfield News-Sun requested 911 calls placed from the house. A man who describes himself as the father of the boy says his son is not waking up.

“My son, he was taking a nap and he ain’t breathing,” the man says.

A 911 dispatcher gives the man instructions on CPR and leads him through the process. The man tells dispatch he doesn’t know why his son won’t wake up.

“I don’t know, sir, why. He was in his crib; I just went to get him out of his crib,” the man says.

Paramedics arrived on the scene but were unable to resuscitate the child.

According to online court records, Heinzen was secretly indicted on April 23. She was not listed in Clark County Jail as of Friday afternoon.

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