Kristina Edwards’ trial is set to begin soon after 6 pre-trial appearances, countless motions and more than two dozen subpoenas.
Zariah Malee Greene, 20 months, was rushed to Southern Ohio Medical Center and pronounced dead on January 6, prompting police to launch an investigation.
What happened on that tragic day?
Baby Zariah had been placed with a family by Scioto County Children’s Services. Despite this, overnight visits with the toddler have been allowed for Kristina Edwards, the birth mother. After visiting Edwards, the child was returned to the parent-caregiver in very poor condition. Dropping the baby off, Edwards allegedly said the baby was sleeping and took her straight to bed.
While checking that the child was sleeping, the family caregiver realized that something was very wrong. The baby was rushed to hospital, but it was too late. A source familiar with the investigation believes Edwards delivered a dead child.
This is the third child to die under the supervision of the CPS in the last 3 years. Baby Dylan Groves died in 2019 and five-year-old Annabel Green was killed in July 2020. In September 2017, Margarita White was called an “animal” by the judge. She was sentenced to life for the death of young Tyler “TJ” Caudill.
At this time we are unable to confirm whether Zsailynn Amari Conley, 4, who was shot and killed near Mound Park, was being watched by CPS.
What happened during the initial investigation?
Officers confiscated the electronic devices of Kristina Edwards, 36, of Charles Street, and Larry Weaver, Jr., 22, of Dexter Street. A police search was conducted at the homes of Edwards and Weaver.
During the investigation, detectives recovered 29 grams of methamphetamine, 13 grams of heroin/fentanyl, marijuana, scales, a gun and $4,200 in cash.
Kristina Edwards was arrested for child endangerment and trafficking heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine near a minor. Larry L. Weaver was also arrested for child endangerment, trafficking heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine in proximity to a minor.
After the initial charges, manslaughter was added to both Edwards and Weaver.
Concern for Zariah’s safety was met with contempt and a firm warning.
According to police reports, relatives of the baby reported possible endangerment of the child.
Concerned relatives have reportedly been reprimanded for filing false police reports. There was even a threat that Kristiana Edwards might file harassment charges against them.
There will be a separate trial for Larry Weaver. For the past 191 days, he has been held in the Scioto County Jail. There are ten counts against Weaver, including manslaughter.