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No charges filed against man arrested in connection with Middletown mom's death

Brittany Russell (Provided photo) Brittany Russell (Provided photo)
Baby Haven was found unharmed. (FOX19 NOW file) Baby Haven was found unharmed. (FOX19 NOW file)
Brandon Carr (Photo: Montgomery County Jail) Brandon Carr (Photo: Montgomery County Jail)

No charges have been filed against a man who was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a Middletown mother.

A spokesperson for the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office said officials need to further investigate before they hand down charges against Brandon Carr. The 34-year-old is is still considered a suspect in the shooting death of Brittany Russell, the prosecutor's office said. 

He is currently in police custody on a federal detainer. 

Dayton Police located Russell, 29, with a gunshot wound to the head in the parking lot of an apartment complex earlier this month.. Her daughter, Haven Edwards, was unharmed in the backseat and being kept warm by the running engine.

Russell, who was not a custodial parent, went to the father’s Middletown home Feb. 9 and persuaded a babysitter to let her take Haven, saying she would bring her back in a few hours. She never returned and family members contacted authorities.

Dayton police found the child and her slain mother the next morning. It's unclear how long they had been inside the vehicle.

The running car heater was a "saving grace" that kept the baby alive, officials said. 

Middletown Police returned the child to her father, Chris Edwards. 

Investigators have not said whether the shooting was random or targeted. No weapons or drugs were recovered from her car, police said.

On Feb. 13, police said they questioned a "person of interest." The person was never charged in relation to the case and is being held on drug charges. 

Officials say they plan to further discuss charges against both men in custody. 

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