Police Arrest 4 As ‘First Step’ In Case Of Circleville Woman Who Died After Beating
Police say four people were arrested in connection with a woman who died after a beating on Wednesday.
Police called the arrests the “first step” in the case of 21-year-old Brittany Jeffers’ death.
Twenty-year-old Cameron Eby, 37-year-old Nicole Leasure and two minors were arrested.
Eby, Leasure and one of the minors were charged with aggravated rioting. The other minor was charged with rioting.
Police in Circleville said they have other persons of interest that they want to interview.
Brittany Jeffers was pronounced legally dead around 1 a.m. Thursday following a riot situation Wednesday afternoon.
The woman's mother said that she was being kept alive so her organs could be donated.
Jeffers was attacked in her neighborhood on Wednesday night near Walnut and Washington streets around 2 p.m.
Her mother, Emily Harvey, kneeled at the makeshift memorial that has been growing since the death of her daughter.
“I don't have a daughter anymore. She has two babies that doesn't have a mommy,” said Harvey.
Harvey said it all started when she recognized a person attempting to break into home across the street.
She said she called police and gave them a name. It’s a call she now thinks led to her daughters attack.
“I do blame myself. If I never would have got involved my daughter would never have passed away,” said Harvey.
Soon after the call, she said the suspect noticed her and Brittany walking home from the police station. She suspected he knew she called authorities.
“They were all watching on the porch, and they knew we knew who did it,” she said.
Harvey said her step-daughter had words with a woman at the suspects’ house which led to a fight.
She said Brittany went over to break it up. The mother said the next thing she saw was Brittany on the ground.
“Just kicking my daughter and punched her on the side of her face,” said Emily.
She claims the person who beat her daughter was the same person she called police about. Meanwhile, her daughter's loss can be felt by young and old in this community who still can't understand why this happened.
“It's terrible. They should be ashamed of what they've done,” Harvey said.
Investigators said witnesses described the altercation as a "riot situation.”
A 911 caller stated there were up to 40 people arguing in the street.
Police said that the persons of interest range in age from 14 to 30.
Authorities continue to investigate the specific cause of Jeffers' death.
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