Family dynamic part of Youngstown fire victim’s rape case

Lynn Schmidt taken for questioning in Youngstown fire

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – According to police reports, a home on Calla Road in Green Township was the scene of unspeakable acts for young Corinne Gump.

It was there that police said the 10-year-old was repeatedly raped by her mother’s boyfriend, Robert Seman. His trial was supposed to start on Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Gump and her mother, Lynn Schmidt, were both supposed to testify in court. However, the trial was delayed when a fire early Monday on Powers Way on Youngstown’s south side claimed the lives of Gump and her grandparents, Bill and Judy Schmidt.

Lynn Schmidt and her daughter moved in with Schmidt’s parents after the rape allegations surfaced, but at some point, police said she left her young daughter behind. In September, Schmidt listed Powers Way as her home address when she asked for a civil protection order.

She said she was being harrased by one of Gump’s biological relatives. She told the court a woman “came to my home (and parents home) trying to get into the house. I was alone with my 2-year-old daughter.”

But on Monday, when the fire happened, Schmidt was not there. Police found her at the Green Township home of Seman, who is accused of repeatedly raping her daughter over the course of several years.

Schmidt spoke to police on Monday, but she was not arrested. Police have said the fire on Powers Way was not set intentionally, but the investigation is continuing.

WKBN 27 First News reporter Amanda Smith reached out to Gump’s family on Tuesday. Her father, Ethan Gump, lives in Youngstown not far from the home where the fire claimed his daughter’s life.

Smith asked him if he wanted to talk about his daughter’s life and the family’s loss. He responded by text message, saying: “We are grieving so deeply and just want to be with each other at this time. But we would love to tell her story and how much of a great little girl she was.”

He told Smith he would be in touch in a few days.

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