Brothers, Bartholomew take plea deal

Couple plead guilty to multiple counts of child endangering in Nov. 6, 2012, death of son, Isaac.
Sandusky Register Staff
Aug 16, 2013


James Brothers, 33, and Adrienne Bartholomew, 35, pleaded guilty Friday in Erie County Common Pleas Court to multiple counts of child endangering in connection with the Nov. 6, 2012, death of their son, Isaac Brothers-Bartholomew.

Isaac died at age 18 months in his parents' Vermilion Township home. An autopsy listed the cause of death as malnourishment. The couple's six other children, most of them also suffering from malnourishment, were removed from the home and placed in the county's custody.  

Brothers and Bartholomew were initially charged with involuntary manslaughter, and they've been in jail since January, when they were indicted. 

In Friday's deal, they pleaded guilty to two counts each of felony child endangering and three counts each of misdemeanor child endangering. Following the court appearance, they were both released on their own recognizance, with a co-signer.

They both remain on house arrest, without electronic monitoring, until their Nov. 4 sentencing. They could each face up to seven and a half years in prison.

The children's grandmother, Debra Nelson, posted bond months ago and is still awaiting trial in connection with the case. She was charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter, fives counts of child endangering and five counts of patient endangering.



7 1/2 years ? possibly? House arrest, they could conceive another child.....Then what?


Have an abortion if it's still legal in Ohio?


People like this do not have abortions, they have multiple children to get the $$$$$$$$$, then neglect the HE!! out of them. They look at children as money pits. They deserve more than 7 years and they also should be sterilized and never allowed to have more children.


right on!

Darwin's choice

When is someone from jobs and family services going to be charged for failing this child? Balconi/ghezzi dropped the ball.....

Seen it All

Not only did they fail this child, but baby Owen as well. Some heads should of rolled a long time ago there!!

seriously 1137

This makes me sick. They got away with murder...


Their child DIED because of the "care" received by these two. How is it they aren't charged with first degree murder? Surely they know that not feeding an infant properly will result in the said child's demise.

They should be sterilized so they can't possibly have more children and then they should be given only enough food to keep them barely alive for the rest of their lives.


It takes two to make a child. It takes the world to raise them. It takes only one situation like this to realize some things do not make sense. What was the judge thinking? House arrest? What do you do when you can't go anywhere? procreate!! They should be on house arrest in different houses. The condition of the children should be enough to sentence them to at least 10-20 years. One child died! That should have been 20 years for both.


What a SWEETHEART deal!!!!!!!!


My question is.. Why does the Grandmother have so many charges against her? She has more charges on her than either of the parents.

Seen it All

She was being paid to be the in home care provider for this child. She, like the parents will probably be able to plea them all down.