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UPDATE: Man Charged With Murder of Two-Year-Old Bellaire Boy Given $1 Million Bond

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WTRF.COM UPDATE:

Ian Jarrell will face trial on October 31 after having his case continued on Oct. 17.

 



 

WTRF.COM UPDATE:

The man accused of murdering his girlfriend's two-year-old son would have to post $1 million bond before he could be released from the Belmont County Jail.

27-year-old Ian Jarrell was arraigned in Eastern Division Court early Thursday morning.
The prosecution asked for the $1 million bond because of the seriousness of the charge, and
Judge John Vavra agreed.

In case Jarrell should make bond, the judge ordered him to have no contact with the boy's family. His preliminary hearing is set for next week.

The toddler was killed in the Francis Wallace Apartments, where Jarrell and his two sons were living with his girlfriend and her child.

 


 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A man has been charged in the death of a two-year-old boy in Bellaire.

27-year-old Ian Jarrell is charged with aggravated murder in the death of the child at the Francis Wallace Apartments in Bellaire on Oct. 1. He is currently being held in the Belmont County Jail.

The incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. at the complex. The Neffs Emergency squad responded to the scene and rushed the child to the Belmont Community Hospital.

Jarrell is the boyfriend of the mother of the child. It was her only child. According to sources, Jarrell has two children of his own who were also living in the apartment.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the child was smothered and was covered with bruises. Neighbors in the housing complex say they never heard a raised voice - adult or child - coming from that apartment. They describe Jarrell as "a quiet guy who kept to himself."

Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk said cases involving children are the most difficult for officers, and those involved with the case have not slept for days.

Jarrell will be arraigned in Eastern Division Court on Thursday. His children were removed from the apartment by Child Protective Services.