UPDATED: 4-15-21

Riley and DeWitt

The Allen County Prosecutors Office issued a Murder warrant on Romiere Hale, another warrant for Felony Endangering Children was issued on Stayce Riley (23), who is the mother of the victim 4 year old Ma’Lay Dewitt.  Riley and Hale are both being held at the the Allen County Jail. 

Hale’s bond was set at $1 million dollars. His next court date is scheduled for April 20th. Riley received a cash surety of $200,000. Her next court date is scheduled for April 22nd.

(4-13-21) Monday afternoon Lima Police Officers were called to 535 North Elizabeth Street in reference to an unresponsive child. Upon arrival the officers located a 4 year old child inside the residence, the child was transported to a local hospital. Hospital staff made numerous attempts to revive the child but were not successful and the child was pronounced deceased.

The child has been identified as Ma’Lay Dewitt.

Romiere Hale (21) of Lima is presently being held at the Allen County Jail on suspicion of Child Endangerment.

NOTEHale’s Facebook page pictures him in November, 2020 with a young girl child. This may not be the child involved in the incident, it has not been verified at this time.

The body of the child’s body is presently at the Lucas County Coroner’s Office where and autopsy is currently being conducted. Additional charges could be coming after the autopsy is finished.

Lima Police Detectives are presently conducting the investigation, if you have any information on the incident you can call the Lima Police Department at 419-227-4444.