Friday, March 24, 2000

Report: Dead girl, 2, had multiple injuries

Father charged with murder, rape

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Christopher Fuller
        HAMILTON — An autopsy revealed that 2-year-old Brandi Fuller died from one or more violent injuries, the Butler County coroner said Thursday. Dr. Richard Burkhardt said Brandi had facial, head, chest, abdominal and rectal injuries.

        He said the rectal injuries were consistent with sexual abuse. Brandi's father, Christopher Fuller, 29, of Hamilton, is charged with murder, two counts of rape, attempted rape and felonious assault. He is being held without bond in the Butler County Jail.

        On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Fuller carried his unconscious daughter into a corner grocery next to his house on Sycamore Street. A store clerk and the life squad tried to revive the girl, but failed.

        Hamilton police arrested Mr. Fuller Tuesday night after questioning him.

        Police said Brandi's mother, Jessica Fuller, had no part in the girl's death.

        Dr. Burkhardt said it's impossible to pinpoint which of the injuries killed Brandi.

        “It's possible to kill a 2-year-old child leaving no marks whatsoever,” he said.

        “We had to consider the possibility that some of the chest injuries could be CPR-related.”

        At the request of police, Butler County Children Services took custody of Brandi's 1-year-old sister and placed her in a temporary foster home.

        At a Butler County Juvenile Court hearing Thursday, Magistrate Patricia Wilkinson ordered Children Services to arrange for supervised visitation for Mrs. Fuller and her daughter.

        She also ordered the agency to initiate an interstate home study on the girl's maternal grandparents for the possibility of placing the girl with them.

        A juvenile court hearing on whether to continue the girl's temporary custody in the foster home will be next Thursday.


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