Monday, April 09, 2001

Child deaths shake neighbors

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Neighbors in the Evanston apartment building where police say a 23-year-old woman killed her two children Saturday were still reacting with shock Sunday.

        “We feel terrible,” said Andrea Porter, a neighbor of Bridget Stovall. “It was going on under our noses and there was nothing we could do about it.”

        Ms. Stovall was charged Saturday with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of 4-year-old Cariyan Stovall and 20-month-old Iyan Stovall. Police say the children apparently were drowned.

        Ms. Porter said the kids appeared loved and well-cared for.

        She described a woman who waited for her daughter to get on the school bus daily, kept Apartment 7 of 3100 Woodburn Ave. clean and made sure her children were neatly dressed and that her daughter's hair was combed.

        Mindy Good, spokeswoman for Hamilton County Department of Human Services, said children's protective services has never had involvement with Ms. Stovall.

        The Hamilton County coroner's office said Sunday the cause of death is still under investigation. Ms. Stovall was being held in Hamilton County jail; she is scheduled to be arraigned this morning.

        Another neighbor, Tiwana Lasley, who made the call to police after hearing screaming and gurgling sounds coming from the apartment Saturday, said Ms. Stovall seemed disturbed. Few people visited the quiet woman, other than her mother.

        “You could tell she was not really in a good state of mind,” Ms. Lasley said.

        She said Ms. Stovall's phone had been cut off recently and she was out of work.


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