Police Return To Home Searched In Connection With Pregnant Mother's Death


UPDATED: Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:24 PM

Deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office and the Columbus Division of Police returned on Tuesday to the northeast side home first searched in connection with the death of a pregnant mother.

Several unmarked squad cars as well as a unit from the Columbus Division of Police were seen at the home, located on Turner Close Drive, just before noon on Tuesday.

Police said that they obtained another search warrant to reenter the home. Detectives removed several brown bags with items from the home.

10TV News is not naming the doctor because he has not been charged.

Investigators said his home, located near New Albany, was searched on Aug. 2 in connection with the death of Deanna Ballman.

Ballman was found dead in the backseat of her car, parked near a wooded area near Bevelheimer Road in southeast Delaware County. She was nine months pregnant.

Family members believed Ballman disappeared after responding to a Craigslist ad to clean house.  Delaware County deputies said, at this point, they do not believe that to be the case.  They were investigating all possibilities.

The 23-year-old mother of two was expected to give birth to her third child in just a few weeks. Investigators said that her death was considered suspicious. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma.  The Delaware County coroner also said that because Ballman showed no internal or external signs of trauma to mother, they presumed that the baby died of lack of oxygen.  They are waiting 8-12 weeks for toxicology tests to return.

On Aug. 2, detectives were seen removing a computer tower, laptop, camera and mouse from the home as well as a brown bag.

Doug Sandholdt, who lives near the home on Turner Close Drive, said that residents were concerned.

“It’s been never-wracking,” Sandholdt said. “This is a neighborhood with a lot of kids. Usually, the street is full of kids, riding their lawn mowers, riding their bikes. The kids just aren’t out right now. Everyone’s got their doors locked, the blinds are down. We’re just waiting for this to come to an end.”

Neighbors said that they had been monitoring the resident’s every move – calling police when he steps in and out of his house.

“He walked down the pathway,” Sandholdt said. “I saw him in the bushes. He stayed crouched down, waiting for someone to pick him up. It’s very very suspicious with what’s going on.”

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