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4 accused of keeping infant’s corpse in Ohio home for months

April 26, 2018 GMT

4 accused of keeping infant’s corpse in Ohio home for months

DEFIANCE, Ohio — The decomposing body of an infant believed to have been born nearly 17 months ago was found in a Hicksville home and now four people are facing charges, reports say.

According to the Journal Gazette, Jared Stark, 33, the child’s father, was indicted Wednesday on felony charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children and abuse of a corpse. 

Sarah Stark, 35, the child’s mother, is charged with endangering children and gross abuse of a corpse, both felonies. Both are charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering children.

WTOL Channel 11 reports the couple’s baby boy, Ezra, died 10 hours after his birth on Oct. 29, 2016, according to authorities. The child was never given medical attention.

WTOL reports authorities believe religious beliefs might be a factor in the case.

The child’s body was found in a plastic container in a pole barn on the property on March 28, WTOL reports.

Authorities say Steven Stark, 58, and Sheryl Stark, 56, the parents of Jared, are each charged with gross abuse of a corpse, WTVG Channel 13 reports.

According to WTVG, the child-endangering charges are because a 2-year-old boy lived in the house and “was exposed to substantial health and safety risks as a result of his ongoing exposure to the improperly treated remains.”

Hicksville is located near Defiance, which is about 45 miles southwest of Toledo.