Loretta Norvell said she was disappointed to be found in the 4800 block of Caprice Drive while Trenton police were serving a search warrant. She wanted to hide for a few more months until she was 18, she told police.
Atkins said Loretta Norvell was “mistreated” by Berry, and Trenton police and Butler County Children Services were called to the Trenton home more than 30 times.
Atkins said he found it ironic that Loretta Norvell’s 22-year-old brother, who is autistic, was placed in the custody of the Bryants, who are seeking guardianship.
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After the hearing, Robert Bryant wondered who’s going to protect the children. He said Loretta Norvell was malnourished and should have been removed from her Trenton home.
He was asked whether he thought he and his wife committed any crime.
“In the eyes of God, no,” he said. “He says, ‘Protect the children and those that can’t protect themselves and the elderly.’ I feel that’s what we did.”
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Also Wednesday, the boyfriend of Loretta Norvell appeared in juvenile court on criminal charges.
The 16-year-old boy, who is charged with falsification and obstructing justice, was placed on house arrest by Magistrate Michael Braun. He was also given a court-appointed attorney.