Murder case continues against Bradford man


By Sam Wildow

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TROY — The murder case against Joshua A. Mize, 30, of Bradford, continued this week after his case was dismissed in Miami County Municipal Court due to Mize being indicted in Miami County Common Pleas Court on the same charge.

Mize was arrested last week in connection with the death of Caelyn Colon, a one-year-old child of Bradford. On Monday, Sept. 13, Bradford Fire and Rescue responded to the 100 block of East Vine Street in the village of Bradford on the report of a one-year-old child not breathing. The child was resuscitated and transported to Upper Valley Medical Center. Later, the child was transferred to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

According to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, a criminal investigation was initiated by Miami County Sheriff’s detectives due to doctors concluding that the injuries present on the child were from suspected abuse. The child, Colon, died at Dayton Children’s Hospital on Sept. 14.

Mize was apprehended on Sept. 15 in Clark County by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office after a brief manhunt subsequent to his fleeing on foot. Mize is also on active parole with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority.

Mize continues to be held in the Miami County Jail on $1 million bond.

Preliminary autopsy results for Colon did not have a cause of death listed yet. The preliminary autopsy results were viewed by the Miami Valley Today on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The preliminary results note trauma to the head and neck, including a “massive posterior fossa subdural hemorrhage.” The “posterior fossa” is a space in the skull base, containing the brainstem and cerebellum.

The preliminary results also note old abdominal trauma.

The full autopsy results are not expected to be available for another eight to 10 weeks.

Mize is facing 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murder. His case does not qualify for the death penalty, according to the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.

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