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  • Writer's pictureScioto County Sheriff's Office

Portsmouth Couple Arrested for Felonious Assault


February 23, 2023

Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman states that Detective Jodi Conkel, who is part of the

Scioto County Prosecutor’s Special Victim Unit, received a call on Monday, February 20, 2023

from the Portsmouth Police Department. They advised Detective Conkel that they were contacted

by a social worker from Nationwide Children’s Hospital about a possible child abuse case.

The social worker from Nationwide Children’s Hospital advised that they had five-week-old twins

in their trauma unit which were transferred from Southern Ohio Medical Center. Scioto County

Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where they were able to

meet and talk with the child abuse trauma team of doctors providing treatment to the twins.

Detectives were advised that one of the twins were taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center for a

possible broken arm. The hospital staff observed what appeared to be hemorrhages in both of the

twin’s eyes. This injury resulted in both babies being transferred to children’s hospital.

Detectives learned of multiple non-accidental injuries to both babies. These injuries include eye

hemorrhages, multiple broken bones in their legs and arms, multiple rib fractures, abrasions to the

face to include a black eye and bruising. As a result of these injuries Scioto County Children

Services were notified and responded to Children’s Hospital and removed custody from the parents.

Sheriff Thoroughman stated detectives spoke with family members and witnesses. Afterwards the

parents of the twins were brought to the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 for

interviews. Both parents were charged for the injuries to these babies.

Arrested was Codi Alexander Ronald Allen, age 20, and SueAnn Carter, age 27, both of 1826

Kendall Ave. Apt. F Portsmouth, Ohio. Both have been charged with 2 counts of Felonious Assault,

a felony of the 2nd degree, 4 counts of Endangering Children, a felony of the 2nd degree, and 4 counts of Endangering Children, a felony of the 3rd degree. Both are being held on a $340,000.00 bond and appeared in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Sheriff Thoroughman stated the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit is made

up of deputies from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and officers of the Portsmouth Police

Department, which work jointly to investigate crimes against our most vulnerable victims.

This is still an ongoing investigation and anyone with information should contact Detective

Sergeant Jodi Conkel @ 740-351-1091


Feb 24, 2023

People of Scioto County need to dish out "street justice" to these 2 so called "parents"! And they both should be made to were they can't ever have any children again!


Feb 23, 2023

True POS's!

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