Chad Phillips charged in the murder of his mother Loretta Halcomb

Woman found unresponsive with multiple injuries declared deceased at SOMC

By Frank Lewis -


A West Portsmouth man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his mother. Chad J. Phillips, 38, of 1815 Haig Ave., has been charged with one count of murder, a first degree felony and was held in the Scioto County Jail under bond of $100,000. The victim is identified as Loretta Halcomb, 64, of the same address.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office received a 911 call on Monday at 3:24 p.m. from the supervisor over the Washington Nile bus drivers stating that one of his bus drivers observed a male lying in the back yard of 1815 Haig Ave. West Portsmouth.

Donini said emergency medical services, along with deputies were dispatched to that location. When deputies arrived on the scene, an additional ambulance and deputies were requested after he said they found an unresponsive female with multiple injuries outside the residence. The victim was later identified as Halcomb. She was transported by Washington Squad 9 to Southern Ohio Medical Center where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Donini said the male subject found lying in the back yard was also taken to SOMC where he was treated and released into the custody of detectives for further investigation. That investigation resulted in the man, Chad Phillips, being charged in the death of his mother.

“It appears, based on the crime scene and based on statements from the suspect, that the suspect just basically lost it and unfortunately beat his mother to death,” Donini told the Daily Times in an exclusive interview. “The crime scene was a mess. It appears that he may have used a wooden object such as a cane. I’m not sure whose cane it was. It appears that the whole event may have begun inside the house and ended up outside the house where there’s a porch railing where there’s rails, a wooden structure, a lot of them were broken out.”

Donini said the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI&I) agents were called to assist in the processing of the scene.

Phillips was to appear in Portsmouth Municipal Court Tuesday morning.

Donini took the opportunity to thank the Washington Township EMS and Fire Department for their assistance, while Detectives and BCI&I processed the scene.

“It’s a sad situation,” Donini said. “I mean, your own mother.”

The sheriff referred to the case as an ongoing investigation that could result in more charges being presented to the Scioto County grand jury at a later date. Anyone with information regarding the case can contact Detective Dan Malone 740-351-1099. All calls will remain anonymous.

Woman found unresponsive with multiple injuries declared deceased at SOMC

By Frank Lewis

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.


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