Police case on foster child death going to prosecutor (Ohio)

NORTH COLLEGE HILL - Police here are prepared to present the results of their investigation into the death of a foster child to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

Seven-month-old Ty'ionna Barfield was a foster child in the home of Lisa Wilson of North College Hill when the baby died Feb. 18. Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Anant Bhati has said the cause of death is undetermined, but there was obvious abuse of the baby.

The coroner revealed that Ty'ionna had a bruised face, three broken ribs and a broken arm when she died, but the cause of death is "undertermined."

"We're waiting for an appointment with the prosecutor's office to present to them and see what they want to do," Detective Dan Fritz said Thursday.

Fritz declined to comment any further on the investigation.

The initial police report showed that Wilson called 911 just before 10 p.m. on Feb. 18 to report that Ty'ionna was unresponsive and not breathing. The first officer on the scene in the 7100 block of Salmar Court found that she was not breathing, did not have a pulse and white bubbles were coming from her nose.

He began chest compressions and checked her airway, but she did not have any noticeable obstructions.

Officers took the baby and Wilson in the squad car to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

A spokesman for the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services could not say why Ti'yonna and her four siblings were placed in foster care.

Ti'yonna's biological father, Willie Barfield, was imprisoned twice in the 1990s on drug trafficking charges. In 2004, he was given probation for his involvement in a slaying several years earlier. He pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.