Family upset after runaway Trenton teen placed on house arrest

The maternal aunt of Trenton runaway Loretta Norvell said the 17-year-old is not a “bad kid” and doesn’t understand why the girl is being persecuted for fleeing what she said was an abusive home.

Norvell is charged with being an unruly child for running away on Jan. 15. She was found hiding in a Middletown home on March 14, two months after she was reported missing.

Trenton police and fire departments spent almost $6,000 in overtime searching for Norvell after her boyfriend’s mother told police she was “concerned” for the girl’s safety.

Today, Norvell was in Butler County Juvenile Court where Magistrate Patricia Wilkerson placed her under house arrest and told her not to have contact with others involved in the case.

The girl was in tears after the hearing.

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Latisha Flory-Williams, Norvell’s maternal aunt, attended the hearing today with the teen’s biological mother.

“You have done nothing wrong,” Flory-Williams said to her niece after the hearing. She said she plans to take custody of the teen, who will turn 18 in a few months.

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Norvell was told at a young age that her mother and that side of the family had died in a car crash, Flory-Williams said.

“She is not a bad kid,” Flory-Williams said.

Norvell had been living with her maternal aunt, Nina Norvell Berry, before running away.

Police have not said why the teen ran away, but records obtained by this news outlet show Trenton police and Butler County Children Services were called to the home of Nina Norvell Berry more than 30 times.

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On Wednesday, Robert Bryant, 47, of Middletown pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and attempted interference of custody. His wife, Lucinda Bryant, 47, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and attempted interference of custody.

The Bryants were charged after Norvell was found hiding in their home. Today, Robert Bryant was also in juvenile court to voice his support of the teen.

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