5 held in deaths of 2 young girls in Norwood

Nashika Bramble

Five people were arrested on Friday and Saturday in Norwood and Grand Junction, in connection with the deaths of two young girls discovered near Norwood on Friday, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

Frederick A. Blair, 23, of Norwood; Madani Ceus, 37, of Haiti; Ika Eden, 53, of Jamaica; and Nathan Yah, 60, of Haiti, were arrested Friday on suspicion of felony child abuse resulting in death after law enforcement responded to reports of two dead children at a farm outside Norwood.

A fifth suspect, Nashika Bramble, turned herself into law enforcement in Grand Junction on Saturday afternoon.

In a news release, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said the two girls found dead were between 5 and 10 years old and are believed to have died at least two weeks ago.

San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Susan Lilly on Saturday declined to provide additional information about the case, including the approximate location where the bodies were found, what time law enforcement responded to the scene, or who first discovered the bodies.

Lilly said there was an effort by another law enforcement agency to seal the arrest affidavits in the case, which she declined to release.

“This is a very sensitive case and we’re trying to preserve the integrity of it for the (district attorney),” Lilly said.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.


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