PRESS RELEASE, 10/22/2015

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of grandmother in drowning death of grandson

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Kathy Huff (DOB 1-6-73) in the death of her 4 month-old grandson Killian Ronan.  Huff was indicted today on 1 count of Involuntary Manslaughter (Felony 1) and 1 count of Child Endangering (Felony 3).  She had previously been indicted on October 7th on 1 count of Child Endangering (Felony 3).  That charge will now be merged with the new indictment.    If convicted of all charges, she faces the possibility of 11 years in prison.

On October 3rd the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition Task Force was called to Huff’s Cleves residence at 5143 State Route 128 shortly after 5:00 p.m.  Upon arrival, the deputies found Huff unresponsive in the bathtub and her grandson unresponsive in another part of the residence.  The baby was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where he died on October 16th.

The investigation revealed that Huff had been babysitting for her grandson when she decided to bathe him.  The investigation also revealed that Huff was under the influence of heroin at the time.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “If anyone needs convincing that heroin is a serious problem in our community, look no further than this case.  An innocent baby is dead because of the scourge of heroin.  Nobody should be naïve enough to think that heroin could not touch them or that it is not a big problem for everyone.”