Two dead after domestic violence incident

June 8th, 2012    Author: Kristin Bednarski    Filed Under: News

Robert and Debra Babb were found dead in their home at 1263 Eagle Ridge Drive June 3 in what Miami Township police believe was a murder-suicide. Police had been called to the house before to investigate domestic violence.

Miami Township police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide involving a husband and wife who were found dead in their home following a domestic violence call June 3.

According to a release from Miami Township Police Chief Steven Bailey, Robert and Debra Babb were found deceased at their 1263 Eagle Ridge Drive in Miami Township.

The Babb’s 13-year-old daughter called police at approximately 1:40 p.m., June 3 after she went outside to check on her dog and found all the doors of the home locked when she returned a few minutes later.

Miami Township police went to the home to investigate, and when they arrived the residents of the the home did not answer the door or respond to repeated telephone calls.

Police spoke with the Babb’s daughter and neighbors and learned that Robert Babb had a number of firearms in the home and had made threats of violence to his wife in the past.

According to the sources, Roger and Debra had recently separated and were pursuing a divorce.

Miami Township police established a perimeter around the home and sought assistance from the county-wide Special Response Team to make entry into the home.

At about 6:40 p.m. police and the special response team made entry and found the bodies of Robert Babb, 42, and Debra Babb, 39, on the second floor of the home. Both apparently died from gunshot wounds, in what police believe was an act of murder-suicide.

Chief Bailey said it appears that Robert Babb killed Debra Babb and then killed himself.

The Clermont County Coroner’s Office and detectives from the Miami Township Police Department are still investigating the circumstances that led to the two deaths. No official cause of death has been determined.

Miami Township police had responded to the Babb’s residents twice before on calls related to domestic violence.

In December of 2011 police were called by a third party to respond to a domestic violence situation. At the time the disorder only involved a verbal argument.

The parties were separated and the situation was mediated. No injuries were apparent or reported and no arrests were made.

In April of 2012, police were called again to the home by Debra Babb to stand by while she removed personal items from the home.

The incident remains under investigation by Miami Township police.

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