Police, children services visited home of Trenton teen frequently

Loretta Norvell, 17, of Trenton was found safe Tuesday after missing for two months.
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Loretta Norvell, 17, of Trenton was found safe Tuesday after missing for two months.

Trenton police were called 38 times in the past seven years to a home in the 100 block of Dartmouth Street, where a teen living there ran away and went missing for two months, according to police reports reviewed by this news outlet.

During that time, Trenton police responded to the home:

  • 8 times for missing/found child
  • 4 times for child well-being checks
  • 3 times for domestic disturbances
  • Once for abused/neglected child

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Butler County Children Services also conducted several inspections of the home before Loretta Norvell, 17, was reported missing Jan. 14, police said.

Norvell was found Tuesday unharmed and hiding in the closet of a Middletown home.

Trenton Police Chief Arthur Scott said as many as three children were living with Nina Norvell Berry, the legal guardian and aunt to Norvell.

Scott described Berry as “not the best housekeeper.”

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Calls to Bill Morrison, director of Butler County Children Services, seeking comment were not returned Wednesday or Thursday.

Lucinda and Robert Bryant – the occupants of the Middletown home where Norvell was found – have been charged with falsification, obstruction of justice, and interference with custody, according to the Trenton police chief.

Scott said the teen was not held against her will and was not kidnapped, but the couple was “hiding information” from police.

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