The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Breaking News

Local News

April 30, 2014

Death sought for accused baby killer

CLARION, Pa. —

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a 22-year-old Ashtabula man accused of beating a 9-month-old baby to death last year in Pennsylvania.
Chad Chadwick, 1389 Hamlin Drive, Ashtabula, is charged with general homicide, as well as other charges that include felonious assault and child endangering, according to court records.
“The Commonwealth (of Pennsylvania) has filed the required notice to seek the death penalty,” Mark T. Aaron, Clarion County district attorney, said Tuesday. “The notice is based on the aggravating circumstance that the victim of the homicide was a child under 12 years of age.”
Chadwick has told the court that he is indigent, so he’s relying on the state to appoint an attorney to represent him. However, often times appointed attorneys are not capable of handling a capital case so the state is finding him one, according to court records.
The case is still pending trial, but a trial date has not been set, Aaron said.
Chadwick’s girlfriend, Kelly Hemminger, same address, faces numerous conspiracy-related charges in the death of her 9-month-old nephew, identified as Zeke Hamilton, son of a Geneva couple, court records show.
Zeke, along with two siblings, were taken by Hemminger and Chadwick to a seasonal residence in Washington Township, Pa., over Labor Day weekend, authorities said. Sometime on the morning of Aug. 31, Zeke suffered serious injury to his chest, limbs and head, police said.
An autopsy cited non-accidental, blunt force trauma as the cause of death, Aaron has said. Several expert witnesses are expected to testify on behalf of the prosecution, he said.
“The facts in this case are very straight-forward,” he said.
Chadwick and Hemminger are being held in the Clarion County jail.
Zeke was found unresponsive in a car seat by a grandfather sent to retrieve the children, according to reports. The baby was sent to a Pittsburgh-area hospital, and died Nov. 15 at a Hospice facility, authorities said.
Pennsylvania State Police investigated the case, and traveled to Ohio to arrest Chadwick and Hemminger, in cooperation with the Ashtabula Police Department and the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, Aaron said.

1
Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad