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Man, woman charged in newborn’s death

March 30, 2018 GMT

Two northwest Ohio residents are expected to appear in Defiance Municipal Court today on charges connected with the 2016 death of a newborn.

Jared Charles Stark, 33, and Sarah Christine Stark, 35, both of Hicksville, Ohio, are each charged with one count of endangering children. Jared Stark also faces a charge of abuse of a corpse.

The Defiance County sheriff’s office announced the arrests in a news release Thursday, a day after it began investigating a reported suspicious death of a child.

Preliminary findings showed a child was born alive at the Starks’ home on Oct. 29, 2016, but died in the home within 10 hours of birth, the news release said.

The release indicated sheriff’s deputies and personnel from the Defiance County coroner’s office located a child’s body during a search of the home and surrounding property. An autopsy is planned at the Lucas County coroner’s office.

Authorities expect further charges upon completion of the investigation, the release said. The Starks were being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.