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Child, 14, dead in Springfield; brother, 16, charged - Ohio - UPDATE**

Posted by on Nov. 1, 2016 at 1:54 PM
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9-1-1 call released: Springfield boy beaten, stabbed; brother charged

Updated: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 @ 4:17 PM
By: Allison Wichie - Staff Writer

A 14-year-old Springfield boy, Harley Starling, found dead in his bedroom early Monday by his grandmother, was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed, according to court records.

The teen’s brother, Nicholas Starling, 16, is charged in the death.

KEY FACTS:

  • Harley Starling, 14, stabbed, beaten
  • Nicholas Starling, 16, arrested for murder, tampering with evidence
  • Motive for killing not released
  • Boys lived with their grandmother
  • 9-1-1 caller assumes death was suicide

UPDATE @2:50 p.m. 11/2/2016:

Springfield police released the 9-1-1 made early Monday morning by the grandmother of 14-year-old Harley Starling, who she found dead in his bedroom inside their Superior Ave. home.

Harley lived with his grandmother and older brother Nicholas Starling, 16, who has been charged with killing his brother.

In the time of the 9-1-1 call, the grandmother told dispatchers she was standing in her deceased grandson’s bedroom with his brother. She assumed the boy had committed suicide sometime overnight.

Here is a partial transcript of the more than 7-minute-long 9-1-1 call.

Caller:

(Grandmother of 14-year-old Harley Starling)

My grandson evidently killed himself last night, he’s cold, he’s cold you can’t move him. I tried shaking him and waking him up.

Dispatcher:

Do you know what happened?

Caller:

No I don’t. I don’t know if he was playing with that fake blood stuff, his head is back, his eyes are open.

Dispatcher:

Why don’t you go outside and wait for the medics to arrive.

Caller:

My other grandson is here, he’s standing here, we don’t even understand why. I don’t know if he was playing with fake blood or what, it’s all over his arm and up around his shoulder. His eyes are open too.

I shook him because I was trying to wake him up. He had the blanket up over his face.

Caller to older brother:

Go in the other room, don’t come in here and stare at him.

Caller to dispatcher:

He’s always playing jokes and things so we thought he was just joking.

Dispatcher:

How old is he?

Caller:

He’s 14. His dad just died two years ago.

Dispatcher:

Are there any guns in the house that you know of?

Caller:

Yes but he can’t get to them.

They live with me, they’ve lived with me since their dad died.

Dispatcher:

Did you hear anything weird last night?

Caller:

No, we just went to bed and that was it.

Dispatcher:

What room is he in?

Caller:

He’s in his bedroom…I don’t know when he did it. (crying)

I’m standing in the living room with his brother.

Dispatcher:

How old is his brother?

Caller:

He’s 16, his name is Nicholas.

Dispatcher:

Try to keep everybody calm, I know it’s going to be hard, this is confusing and scary.

Caller:

I don’t know why…I’m trying to keep calm.

Dispatcher:

You are doing a good job (keeping calm) being there for his brother.

Try to keep everybody away from the room.

Caller:

I know he was having problems at school. (crying)

But there was no inkling, he said he wouldn’t do anything like this.

I know he was playing with that fake blood last night and I don’t know if he drank it or what, or was he playing with it and put it on his body?

Dispatcher:

You don’t have to try and figure that out, they’ll do that.

UPDATE @ 1:35 p.m. 11/2/2016:

Harley Starling, the 14-year-old Springfield boy found killed in his bed, was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed with a knife, according to juvenile court records.

Harley’s older brother, Nicholas Starling, 16, has been arrested in connection with the teen’s death.

Prosecutors described the death in documents filed with the court seeking to try the suspect as an adult.

Nicholas Starling reportedly hid both weapons after the alleged attack, prosecutors said in the court documents.

FIRST POST 11/1/2016

The 16-year-old Springfield boy charged in the death of his younger brother could be tried as an adult in the case.

The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday morning filed a notice of intent to move Nicholas Starling’s charges to an adult court, Assistant Prosecutor Dan Driscoll said.

RELATED: Springfield teen charged in death of 14-year-old brother

Springfield police arrested Nicholas Starling on delinquent, or juvenile, charges of murder and tampering with evidence on Monday night, hours after 14-year-old Harley Starling was found dead in the Springfield home the boys shared.

It will be up to a juvenile court judge whether or not to bind the charges over to adult court.

Police haven’t released any information in the manner of Harley’s death, saying they don’t want to jeopardize their ongoing investigation.

But hours after their probe into the teen’s death began Monday morning, Capt. Mike Hill said evidence led them to file charges against the boy’s 16-year-old brother.

“We determined this death was a homicide,” Hill said.

The police captain called the case “tragic.”

Friends of Harley Starling are planning a Thursday night vigil for their friend, according to a Facebook post about the event.

Several people on Facebook have shared a “RIP Harley” photo of the teen.

Nicholas Starling first appeared in a Clark County Juvenile Court on Tuesday afternoon, and silently stood shackled at the ankles as a magistrate read him the charges he’s facing.

The 16-year-old is scheduled to be back in court Thursday, according to court records, and have a public defender appointed to represent him.


Child, 14, dead in Springfield; brother, 16, charged

Updated: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 @ 1:31 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

Child, 14, dead in Springfield; brother, 16, charged
Staff photo

UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m.: A 14-year-old Springfield boy who was killed was found by his grandmother dead in his bed, according to a Springfield Police Division report.

Johna Pulliam told investigators that the last time she saw her grandson Harley Starling he was playing with costume blood and watching a movie about 9 p.m. Sunday, the report says, then he went to his room.

When Pulliam got up at 5:30 a.m. Monday, she went to Harley’s room to tell him to take a shower before school and found him.

The boy was “cold to the touch,” the police report says, and “was clearly dead and had been for several hours.”

The boy’s 16-year-old brother, Nicholas Starling, has been charged with a delinquency count of murder and tampering with evidence in connection with Harley’s death.

He will appear in Clark County Juvenile Court this afternoon for a detention hearing.

No decision has been made as to whether the teen’s case could be moved to adult court, prosecutors said. The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office will let police finish their initial investigation before any decisions are made, Assistant Prosecutor Dan Driscoll said.

UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m.: A 14-year-old Springfield boy is dead and his 16-year-old brother is charged in connection with his death and tampering with evidence, according to Springfield Police Capt. Mike Hill.

The teen is charged as a juvenile.

The victim, 14-year-old Harley Starling, was found dead Monday morning, in the home he shared with his brother. said Hill.

Police will not release details of the investigation regarding the nature of the cause of death or the motive for the killing. Hill did say “it’s a definite shame, it’s tragic.”

After investigation into the death throughout the day Monday, detectives moved forward with delinquency charges against the older brother whom we are not identifying at this time.

That teen is currently booked in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.

INITIAL REPORT:

Springfield police said detectives are investigating a suspicious death that occurred early Monday morning.

Dispatchers confirm officers were requested to a house in 2200 block of Superior Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Dispatchers said the death is considered suspicious, but additional details were not yet available.

We’re following up with investigators and will update this page when new details become available.

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Nov. 1, 2016 at 1:56 PM

WTF?

Lunarprancer
by Sapphire Member on Nov. 1, 2016 at 2:10 PM

I know! I'll update when they report what happened.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

WTF?


Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 1, 2016 at 2:12 PM
Springfield where? What state?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Nov. 1, 2016 at 2:12 PM

Thanks. I can't even imagine what happened.

Quoting Lunarprancer:

I know! I'll update when they report what happened.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

WTF?


Lunarprancer
by Sapphire Member on Nov. 1, 2016 at 2:12 PM

Ohio. Dayton.

Quoting Anonymous 2: Springfield where? What state?


Lunarprancer
by Sapphire Member on Nov. 1, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Me either.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

Thanks. I can't even imagine what happened.

Quoting Lunarprancer:

I know! I'll update when they report what happened.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

WTF?


Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 1, 2016 at 2:13 PM
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Oh. There's like a Springfield in practically every state. I live a few minutes from one in Missouri. You should add that to your title.

Quoting Lunarprancer:

Ohio. Dayton.

Quoting Anonymous 2: Springfield where? What state?

Tinse
by Crazy Bird Lady on Nov. 1, 2016 at 2:18 PM

That's awful.  Can you imagine how his grandmother must have felt when she went to wake him up?

Lunarprancer
by Sapphire Member on Nov. 1, 2016 at 2:18 PM

You know, I can't. So sad and scary.

Quoting Tinse:

That's awful.  Can you imagine how his grandmother must have felt when she went to wake him up?


Austinsmom35
by Silver Member on Nov. 1, 2016 at 2:20 PM
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Please!

Quoting Lunarprancer:

I know! I'll update when they report what happened.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

WTF?

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