Man, woman indicted for child abuse after SWAT standoff

Man, woman indicted for child abuse after SWAT standoff
Aimee Correll (SOURCE: Hamilton County Jail)
Aimee Correll (SOURCE: Hamilton County Jail)

READING, OH (FOX19) - A man and woman were both indicted by the grand jury Thursday following an investigation into a standoff that left a 10-month-old seriously injured last week.

According to court documents, Neil Royal, 35, allegedly held his girlfriend, Aimee Correll, 26, and her infant and small child against their will at gunpoint for 14 hours, starting the evening of March 3 until noon March 4.

That's when initial reports stated she saw the opportunity to escape and call police.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday there was never a kidnapping and that the mom has now been charged with abusing the child as well.

Royal and Correll have both been charged with multiple counts of engangering children and felonious assault.

First responders were initially called to a residence in the 630 block of Maple Drive after reports of a female who stated she had been held against her will at gunpoint by a friend and that her infant son had been assaulted by him.

Due to the fact that Royal was reported to have a weapon and failed to respond to calls by officers, the Hamilton County Police Association SWAT team was called to the scene.

Investigators said they obtained arrest and search warrants for the apartment and Royal surrendered without further incident.

The child was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for immediate surgery after reportedly having numerous head injuries, a broken nose, deviated septum, a fracture on his tibia and extensive bruising due to the alleged abuse.

The child remains in the hospital in unknown condition.

The father of the child, Joe Correll, told FOX19 NOW that he plans to see his son Friday although it will be supervised and through a glass.

He said he plans on divorcing Aimee, saying he didn't now she was a "monster."

Royal and Correll are both being held in the Hamilton County jail.

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