PRESS RELEASE, 1/6/2011

Hamilton County Prosecutor announces death penalty indictment in death of child

Father and son face death penalty.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Walnut Hills resident Christopher Dangerfield (DOB 6-22-62) in the December 28th death of 3-year-old Tyrese Short.  Dangerfield is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Child Endangering (Felony 2) and 1 count of Child Endangering (Felony 4).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Dangerfield called paramedics to his home on Chapel Street reporting that his child had collapsed.  Tyrese was taken to Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office ruled the death a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma to the stomach.  The autopsy revealed past injuries to the child including a spiral fracture of the tibia, burns to the face and arm, and healing rib fractures. 

Tyrese lived with his father, Christopher Dangerfield, at the residence on Chapel Street. 

The defendant’s attorney at his arraignment hearing told the court that these injuries were sustained as a result of a fall in the bathtub.

Christopher Dangerfield’s son, Lionell Dangerfield, currently stands indicted in case B 1003678 for the death of his girlfriend’s baby 3-month-old Zhi Merah Binford.  If convicted of all charges, he faces the death penalty.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “It is horrifying to think about how this young child lived and died.  I am disgusted that a father and son both face the death penalty for the separate murders of two young children.”