Parents arrested for death of baby

Posted 4/8/22

A man and woman were arrested and charged last week for the death of a 4-month-old child at the Anchor House apartments in Pendleton.

Emergency workers were called to the living complex just after …

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Parents arrested for death of baby

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A man and woman were arrested and charged last week for the death of a 4-month-old child at the Anchor House apartments in Pendleton.

Emergency workers were called to the living complex just after 5 p.m. March 30 for report of an infant in cardiac arrest, according to court documents submitted by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. CPR was briefly attempted before the child was pronounced dead, deputies said.

After completing an investigation into the death, deputies secured a warrant for the arrest of parents Ryan Harlan, 33, and Tyler Herndon, 27, who were taken into custody on April 2, according to court records. The two are charged with neglect of a child resulting in death, an additional lesser charge of child neglect related to a second child, and felony drug possession. Harlan is additionally charged with three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The infant was living with its parents and the second child in a one-room unit at Anchor House, a former hotel building that is now being used as “efficiency apartments” for impoverished people. Deputies said that when they entered the living unit, they found the room in “deplorable condition,” filled with containers full of trash along with drug paraphernalia and firearms. Glass pipes found in the room were subjected to field tests and showed the presence of methamphetamine, deputies alleged.

Deputies added that there was a baby’s bassinet in the room, but that it was full of personal items and apparently wasn’t being used for the baby.

Investigators interviewed Harlan and Herndon, who allegedly stated that they had last set the baby down at midnight the night before. Herndon allegedly admitted that she, Harlan, and a third person were up into the early morning hours smoking meth. They then reportedly went to sleep and didn’t wake up until 5 p.m.

If correct, that would put 17 hours between when the baby was set down and when the parents awoke and called 911. Deputies allege that Harlan, when asked, did not know when the baby had last been fed or had a diaper change.

While the two parents slept, the second child in the residence, a five year old, was left unsupervised in the presence of multiple weapons and drug paraphernalia, deputies allege. A handgun and two shotguns were allegedly present in the room and accessible to the child.

Deputies said the entire incident was recorded by personal security cameras that were kept in the room. The cameras showed that as the adults slept through the afternoon, the older child was playing with a straight blade knife, deputies reported.

Harlan has a prior conviction for burglary and assault in 2007, according to court records. Because of that prior felony conviction, he is not legally allowed to possess firearms, leading to the additional gun charges against him.

Harlan and Herndon are being held at the Warren County Jail without bond. They had an initial court hearing scheduled for April 5.


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