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UPDATE: Coroner Identifies Teen Beaten to Death
WARREN COUNTY--Franklin Police said Dione Payne, 16, from Dayton was beaten to death in Franklin.
Police said Payne was in Franklin, to sell drugs when he was robbed and beaten for his money and drugs.
"I know there was blunt force trauma to the body itself." Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman said.
Franklin investigators said the beating happened at a home on Vernon Street.
Police arrested Michael Geldrich and Michael Watson.
Both men are charged with aggravated robbery and murder.
Jasmyne Gordon works close to where the beating happened. "That's horrible. We thought it was drugs. We see it all the time here."
Atrium Medical Center surveillance video showed the men dropping the teen off at the emergency entrance and getting away in a black pick up truck.
Middletown and Franklin police worked together and tracked down the truck; which led to the suspects.
"The pieces just fell together so quickly. I think if we had not worked together as a team, it couldn't have been solved so quickly." Whitman said.
According to the police report, the teen had severe head and chest injuries and also appeared to have been sexually assaulted.
Gordon is glad police were able to make an arrest.
"At least they found them and justice will be served."
UPDATE: The coroner has identified the teen who died shortly after he was dropped off at the hospital.
Police say 16-year-old Dione Payne was unconscious at the time he was brought to the hospital. Officials say he suffered major injuries.
Middletown police also confirm there is evidence of sexual assault.
Two men have been arrested for the murder. Michael J. Watson, 39, and 36-year-old Michael A. Geldrich have been charged with with aggravated robbery and aggravated murder.
FRANKLIN -- A teen who was dropped off and unconscious at a Middletown hospital on Sunday morning has died. Franklin police have two suspects in custody in connection to his death.
Two white males, Michael J. Watson, 39, and 36-year-old Michael A. Geldrich were arrested and charged with with aggravated robbery and aggravated murder.
They allegedly beat the black male teen and dropped him off in a black pickup truck at the Atrium Hospital around 10.30 a.m. Sunday.
The teen, between 14 and 16 years old, was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he later died from injuries.
His name has not yet been released.
Police confirmed 11 Vernon St. in Franklin was the location of the beating.
Courtesy of our WKRC, our sister station in Cincinnati.
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