Pregnant Ohio woman shot dead, toddler wounded

RIPLEY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a young Ohio woman found shot dead in her car was pregnant and that her 14-month-old daughter had a gunshot wound to the head.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office released those new details Friday about the death of 22-year-old Brittany Stykes.

Stykes’ aunt, Brenda Pack, says her niece was five months pregnant, and that “she was a great mother.”

Authorities responded to a call Wednesday night about a single-vehicle crash on State Route 68 north of Ripley, about 45 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

When they arrived, they found Stykes dead from gunshot wounds. Her baby daughter, Aubree, was still strapped in her car seat, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head.

Aubree is being treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Pack says she’s in critical condition but improving.

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