Sun. 3:45pm: Trumbull group hand-picked to handle youth cases

WARREN – Barely formed over the last couple months, a newly trained Trumbull County Child Homicide Investigation Unit was called into action for the first time last weekend.

And by all accounts, the joint effort between detectives, investigators and prosecutors worked like it was drawn up on paper.

Work by the unit led to an arrest June 17 of a 33-year-old Bazetta man who was charged with murdering the 4-year-old son of his live-in girlfriend. An affidavit in the case accuses the defendant of striking the child’s stomach the evening of June 14, causing the fatal blunt force trauma. The boy died early the following day.

Designed as a special arm of the countywide Homicide Unit that was formed in 1984 by Trumbull Prosecutor Dennis Watkins, it was a letter from County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk to Watkins about a year ago and further talks last fall that led to specific training for detectives Michael Currington of Warren, David Morris of Cortland, Chris Bordonaro of Lordstown and Jolene Marcello of the Sheriff’s Office. The unit also includes Gary Hetzel and Roy Anne Rudolph, investigators with the Prosecutor’s Office.

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