Ashli Pelfrey went to work
on August 2, 2013 and left her 14 month old son and six year old
daughter with her boyfriend, Dylan Tompkins, to baby-sit. Bryce was
sitting in his highchair when Ashli left for work that night about
9:50. Ashli received a phone call less than an hour later:
"He said there is
something wrong with Bryce, he's choking"
Dylan claimed that Bryce had fallen and had scratches as well as
bruises on his head and was not walking very steady. Dylan said he took
Bryce out of the highchair and gave him a bottle. Police were called
and arrived at the home and found Bryce to be unresponsive. Bryce was
taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital and eventually moved to Cincinnati
Children's Hospital where he died on August 4. Dylan was arrested and
charged with on count of child endangerment and one count of murder.
In August of 2013 Dylan Tompkins, who was 20 years old at the time sat
in court staring at the table, Dylan didn't even look up when Ashli
took the stand to talk about Bryce and the last time she had seen him
alive. The Prosecutor, Geoff Modderman asked her if she had ever
suspected that Dylan had caused the marks on her son, through tears she
"No, I trusted him"
Dylan had told Police that after he gave Bryce a bottle that day, he
started to vomit. Dylan said he wanted to make sure that Bryce was not
going to throw up any more so he squeezed him against his own body and
then proceeded to hit him on the back a few times using half of his
strength. Bryce seemed to go limp and became unresponsive so Dylan
began to shake him for what he said was 35 to 40 seconds. At autopsy,
Bryce had bruises and scrapes on his forehead and bruises in the middle
of his back. The Coroner, Dr. Wayne Ralston said that the cause of
death is consistent with head trauma and Dylan had admitted that he
caused the injuries.
In court it was said that Dylan had a previous conviction for domestic
violence against a former girlfriend who was also the mother of his
child. After court, family and friends were outside of the courtroom
and some held up signs in support of Bryce and his family:
"My daughter didn't
know about that, she would not have been with him if she had. This
not even raise his head up. This monster needs to get what is coming to
Pelfrey - Bryce's grandfather
A year later, in August of 2014, Dylan Tompkins was in court again
after having been found guilty of murder and felony child endangerment.
Dylan had chosen to have a Judge hear his case rather than have a jury
trial and Judge Michael Sage listened to closing arguments before
Dr. Robert Shapiro said in court that what happened to Bryce was not an
accident and though Dylan tried to say some of the injuries were from
when he tried to do CPR, the injuries could not have been caused in
"None of those actions
were the case of Bryce's injuries. It would have taken
significantly more force"
Bryce's brain was swollen
and it was said that this could not have been caused by him choking or
by a fall, but had most likely been caused by his being violently
shaken. Donald Leroy, Dylan's Lawyer said that Dylan had been in a
panic when Bryce had become sick:
"He was faced with a
baby that stopped breathing, a baby that was vomiting and he tried the
he could do in the situation. He did not intend to harm Bryce"
"As you know this was a
tragic event. I am very sorry for my actions. I want to apologize to
family. I am truly sorry for their loss. I'm sorry for my actions and I
know what happened
watch was my problem"
Prosecutors said that Dylan was reckless with Bryce:
"This defendant killed
Family members had this to say:
"He did not deserve
what that monster did to him. That man does not deserve to be on the
earth, but I want him to know he did not break me and did not break
Barnett - Grandmother of Bryce
very hard to see him, but I am glad for the verdict. It won't bring my
son back, it's never going
bring my son back, but at least justice is served for my son"
Michael's father said:
"I just want everybody
to know that not everybody is trustworthy and our kids are the most
things we have. We'll all be affected by this for the rest of our lives"
Judge Michael sage said that the evidence against Dylan was convincing
and that what happened to Bryce was not an accident and he sentenced
Dylan to 15 years in prison.
Bryce Ashton Duane just over 1 year old, passed away Sunday August 4,
He was born June 12, 2012 in Hamilton. Bryce, a beautiful baby
boy loved greatly by many, is survived by his mother Ashli R. Pelfrey;
his father Michael Meyer; his sister Jayla; grandparents Shari L. (Ali
Courtney "Peepaw") Barrett, Duane (Pamela Gregory) Pelfrey, Mary M.
(Kevin) Burnes, and Arthur J. Meyer, II; great grandparents Doris
(Gary) Singleton and Raymond (Shari) Pelfrey; aunts Amber Lynn (Matt
Sloan) Pelfrey and Samantha J. Treglia; uncles Kaycee (Katherine)
Pelfrey, Arthur J. Meyer, III, and David M. Sloan; great uncles Greg
(Stephanie) Pelfrey, James Pelfrey, and Eddie Wagers; great aunts
Patricia Singleton and Jessica Pelfrey Salas and cousins Shannon
Williams, Jace M. Sloan, Gage Sloan, Kali Pelfrey, Kaden Pelfrey, Kiela
Pelfrey, and Katie Verdon. Bryce will be deeply missed.
THE WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME 3080 Homeward Way at Rt. 4, Fairfield on
Saturday August 10, 2103 from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral
service at 12:00 PM. Burial to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park.
Thank you to Julie for sending me this special little Angel's name so
his story could be told.
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