Parents, grandma charged in Vermilion starved children case

Erie County deputies have arrested the parents and grandmother of an 18-month-old Vermilion boy who died from malnutrition in November.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jan 7, 2013

Adrienne Bartholomew, 35, and James Brothers, 33, were both charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, five counts of endangering children and five counts of patient endangerment. They have been booked into the Erie County jail, each on $280,000 bond.

Following the death of the youngest child, 18-month-old Isaac Brothers-Bartholomew, five of the couple's other children were hospitalized with malnutrition. Deputies said Isaac's weight at the time of death was only about 12 pounds, half of what a typical 18-month-old should weigh.

Deborah Nelson, 62, the children's grandmother and a home healthcare provider for the family, was also charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter, five counts of endangering children and five counts of patient endangerment. She is held at the Erie County jail on $320,000 bond.

Bartholomew, Brothers, and Nelson were all arrested at about 5 p.m. Monday at Nelson's home in the 1000 block of Sanford St. in Vermilion.

Officials investigating the case said the children in the family suffered a variety of complicated medical issues. The family was previously known to Erie County Job and Family services, but the agency did not have an open file on the family at the time of the child's death. Records show the agency received at least three calls raising concerns about the family, but agency officials said the calls did not warrant an investigation.

Evidence regarding the baby's death and malnourished children was presented to an Erie County grand jury, which returned indictments against Bartholomew, Brothers and Nelson last week.

The indictment was secret until the charges were served Monday afternoon.

See past stories on this case HERE.

Pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register for more on this developing story and for an update on the children involved.



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The more charges the higher the bail.
All of them need to be left in clothes they have to mess in, in a small room about the size of a crib, with no food until they are down to what? about 80 pounds? Give em a taste of their own medicine then put them in jail wearing clothes that state 'I am a baby killer'. Time to wave buh-bye and say good luck.....

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This is absolutely sickening. You go into one of these government offices and there are posters and crap hanging all over about protect the children, blah, blah, blah. Court houses too. I called children services on my ex when our son was about 11 years old because he was smoking pot and getting piss drunk in front of our child. Leaving and locking him out of the house, he would show up at my house 10 to 11 pm at night, mom, I can't find dad again. They didn't do a dang thing. Except to tell me that it didn't warrant an investigation, and it wasn't good enough reason for me to take my son out of there! I tried everything, and now my son is 19 yrs old and has problems with alcoholism because his father let him go out and party all the time. It wasn't until my child was almost 18 that I was finally able to pull him out of the home. It's really sad and disgusting that so much death and damage has to be endured by our children. They will just wait for someone to die, instead of doing their jobs!