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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Investigation Leads to Arrest in
18 Month-Old's Death in Oskaloosa, Iowa

Oskaloosa, IOWA – The Oskaloosa Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation announce an arrest in the death investigation regarding an 18 month-old girl in Oskaloosa, Iowa.  On February 4, 2014, investigators with the Oskaloosa PD and the Iowa DCI arrested Alicia Marie Ritenour, age 20.  Ritenour is the mother of Ava Ritenour, 18 months old. 
Alicia Ritenour has been charged with Murder in the First Degree, a class “A” felony and Child Endangerment Resulting in Death, a class “B” felony.  Ritenour is being held in the Mahaska County Jail.  Ritenour’s bond has been set at $25,000 for the “B” felony and no bond for the class “A” felony.

Complaints and Affidavits

On Friday, January 24, 2014, at approximately 2:11 p.m., the Oskaloosa PD received a 911 call from Apartment 224 at the Southern Hills Apartment Complex located at 18th Avenue East in Oskaloosa.  Upon arriving at the scene, Officers found Ava Ritenour, 18 months old, deceased.

Alicia Marie Ritenour

Alicia Marie Ritenour

An autopsy was performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on the body of Ava Ritneour on January 25 and 26, 2014, by Dr. Michele Catellier, who determined the cause of death to be trauma to the head.  The manner of death will be classified as a homicide.

The investigation by the Oskaloosa PD, Division of Criminal Investigation, Mahaska County Attorney’s office and the Iowa Attorney General’s office is ongoing.

For questions, contact SAC Mike Motsinger at (515) 729-3706.


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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