$1M bond for man charged with murder of missing toddler’s mother

Updated: Dec. 14, 2020 at 9:48 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Bond was set at $1 million Monday for a man charged with murdering his girlfriend whose 3-year-old son remains missing.

Desean Brown, 20, pleaded not guilty during the brief hearing in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Brown was arrested over the weekend and charged with killing Nyteisha Lattimore, 29.

Cincinnati police wrote in a sworn statement that Brown stabbed her multiple times with “an unknown edged weapon” at a Melrose Avenue apartment in Walnut Hills on Friday.

They charged him based on an investigation that includes physical and video evidence and witness statements, his criminal complaint shows.

Her body was found early Saturday near the Purple People Bridge.

Police say her son, Nylo, is missing since Dec. 4 and that a stroller belonging to the family was found nearby.

On Sunday and Monday, authorities searched the area near the bridge for additional evidence. Divers searched the Ohio River but were unable to find anything.

Family members have said they fear the young boy witnessed his mother’s murder since she never went anywhere without her son.

Officers are still investigating. Police have not said if they think Brown has anything to do with Nylo’s disappearance.

A neighbor with whom FOX19 NOW spoke Monday said Brown was a “violent and angry” person who was often aggressive toward Lattimore.

The neighbor says she used to be able to hear Nylo “all the time.” Now: “I haven’t heard anything from that apartment from him since Tuesday.”

The neighbor adds the boy would have been screaming during Lattimore’s stabbing.

“(...) He screamed if anybody fought with her, if anybody yelled with her, I mean he didn’t like any kind of distress at all,” she said.

The neighbor says she thinks Lattimore was killed days before her body was dumped. She also says Brown was seen on surveillance video leaving the apartment with what appeared to be Lattimore’s body.

“I do know that after he did murder her, he did sit up in this apartment until Saturday when they came in the apartment and arrested him,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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