Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Children drowned, autopsy report says

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Preliminary autopsy results show two young Evanston children killed Saturday had drowned, the Hamilton County Coroner's Office said Monday.

        A judge set a $1 million bond Monday for their mother, Bridget Stovall, 23. Ms. Stovall was not present for her arraignment in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

        Authorities said she was “psychologically unable to appear.” She is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        In court, family members were visibly distraught by Judge Ralph Winkler's decision on bond — $500,000 cash on each of the two counts of aggravated murder Ms. Stovall faces in the drownings of 4-year-old Cariyan Stovall and 20-month-old Iyan Stovall.

        Ms. Stovall's attorney, Steve Wenke, would not say whether he'd ask that his client undergo a psychological evaluation. He also would not discuss a motive
or details of the incident.

        About noon Saturday, Cincinnati police, responding to a call of a woman screaming at 3100 Woodburn Ave., found Ms. Stovall and her two children in the bathroom of their third-floor apartment.

        Neighbors said they heard Ms. Stovall screaming, and her children crying, as early as 3 a.m. Saturday. However, no one called police until nine hours later.

        Neighbors said they heard water running inside the apartment and sounds of gurgling, as if someone was being submerged.


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