Beaten Ohio youth left at hospital dies


FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Police on Monday charged two men in southwest Ohio with murder after a badly beaten teen dropped off at a hospital died from his injuries.

Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman said an investigation found the 16-year-old youth had gone to Franklin to sell drugs. Police said he was beaten and robbed at a home some 15 miles south of Dayton, where he lived.

Police said Dione Payne was left early Sunday at a Middletown hospital without any identification and was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he died. Authorities were able to identify him before his death.

Michael Watson, 39, and Michael Geldrich, 36, both of Franklin, were jailed Monday on aggravated murder and aggravated robbery charges. No attorneys were listed for them. A court appearance was scheduled for them Tuesday in Warren County.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported that Middletown police said a man pushed a wheelchair with an unresponsive teen into the Atrium Medical Center, then fled. Middletown police said the teen was in critical condition, with head injuries and blood coming from his ears.

Police said a woman tipped them that a pickup truck seen at the hospital was described in news reports like one she had seen for sale at a Middletown car lot. Police said they called the lot to find out who bought it, and tracked it to neighboring Franklin, where Franklin police joined the investigation.