Former runaway girls make court showing

NORWALK The North Fairfield teen who kept investigators busy for more than three weeks after she hid out in her boyfriend's apartment is fighting the charges filed against her. Abbi Obermiller, 17, appeared in Huron County juvenile court on Tuesday with her attorney, Vickie Ruffing, a former Erie County assistant prosecutor.
Annie Zelm
Jul 7, 2010

 

NORWALK

The North Fairfield teen who kept investigators busy for more than three weeks after she hid out in her boyfriend’s apartment is fighting the charges filed against her.  

Abbi Obermiller, 17, appeared in Huron County juvenile court on Tuesday with her attorney, Vickie Ruffing, a former Erie County assistant prosecutor. 

 Her parents, Jim and Rose Obermiller, looked on as their daughter appeared on charges of unruliness and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.

She returned to the Erie County juvenile detention center after her court appearance and is expected to stay there until her next court date, which has yet to be scheduled.

Court officials are still awaiting results of a physical and psychological exam Abbi was ordered to undergo, juvenile court administrator Chris Mushett said. 

Abbi’s case attracted national attention. She disappeared from her home on June 7 and was missing for weeks. 

Police found her less than 12 miles from her home, hiding in an attic at 2271⁄2 E. Main St.

Her boyfriend, Robert J. “Bobby” Young, 20, rented the apartment about the same time Abbi’s grandparents reported her missing from their Norwalk home. 

Young was initially arrested on June 30 for obstructing official business, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and falsification, but those charges were dropped the same day he was arrested. 

A jail spokeswoman said Young was instead charged with a single count of interference with custody. He posted $500 bond on the day of his arrest and was released from jail.    

No one else had been charged in connection with Abbi’s case, officials said. 

Another area teen who ran away and was found a day before Abbi also appeared in court last week.

Kimberly Crigger, 16, denied the charges against her, which included violating a probation order she was had for a previous disappearance. 

Kimberly’s aunt said the girl has run away multiple times. Kimberly left school in New London in late May and police found her at an apartment in Beavercreek after receiving a tip from the apartment manager. 

When police arrived, she jumped from a second-story window. She wasn’t seriously injured, but she was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and physical exam. 

Those tests are not unusual in cases in which children or teens have been missing for an extended period of time, Mushett said. 

Kimberly is scheduled to appear in court again at 11:30 a.m. July 9.

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