Mother says her wheelchair-bound son didn’t have to die like this

Dametrious Edwards

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–She filed a missing persons report, she saw a text that made her worry about her son’s well-being, she went to the home on South Champion Avenue where she thought he was, and then she learned he was dead inside.

This week has been a nightmare for Valerie Edwards, whose son Demitrious was murdered.

“I knew in the days before, that is why I kept going back and forth, and they were trying to get his body out of that home but couldn’t because I kept going back,” Edwards said.

Danyell Florida (left) and Kalene Bartlett (right) were arrested in Mahoning County
Danyell Florida (left) and Kalene Bartlett (right) were arrested in Mahoning County

The “they” Edwards refers to is Danyell Florida, 37, and Kalene Bartlett, 22. They were arrested in Youngstown and charged with abuse of a corpse.

“I feel like they didn’t have to do that to him, she should have told me what happened,” Edwards said. “I talked to her. They don’t need to get out for what they did to him.”

What they did, and if they had any help in doing it will play out in the coming weeks as this investigation remains open.

But Edwards is convinced there are more involved.

“The streets talk,” she said. “They will be caught. Only a matter of time before they are caught,” Edwards said.s champion scene provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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