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Woman Killed In Brown County Shooting, Crash

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered through CrimeStoppers for information leading to the person who shot a Brown County woman.
If you can help, call CrimeStoppers at 352-3040 or the Brown County Sheriff's Office investigative unit.  The number is 937-378-4435 extention 114.

When Brown County deputies responded to a call Wednesday night around 8:15 they thought it was just a car that had run off the road.  When they arrived at Gooselick Road and U.S. 68 they found a lot more: a car with bullet holes in the door, a woman slumped over the wheel and a wounded baby still strapped in a car seat.

22-year-old Brittany Stykes was dead at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds.  Her 15-month old daughter Aubree is in critical condition at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head.

We were actually sitting on the back deck eating when we heard the sirens and AirCare, Brittany Stykes father David Dodson told Local 12.  I said, Its got to be bad. At 10:30 we got the call it was our daughter.

Dodson, his wife Mary and son-in-law Shane Stykes spent last night and all day at the hospital.  They are focused on the babys recovery but are also hoping for justice.  They are baffled.  They say Brittany Stykes was a simple, loving, caring woman who had no enemies.

Investigators are saying nothing until autopsy results come back.  Stykes jeep is locked up securely in the jails garage.  A crime scene team worked the area around where the car was found this morning.  If they have found any clues they are not sharing them with anyone.

We know nothing.  She was on her way home and somebody shot them while they were driving.  Thats all we know, Mary Dodson said.

Brittany Stykes was a 2009 graduate of R-U-L-H High School in Ripley.  Her teachers say she was bright and engaging.  Stykes taught Bible School at her church.  She was five months pregnant.

She was the most loving person always with us.  Our granddaughter was always over at our house playing together with our other grandchildren. I dont know of an enemy Brittany had, said her father.



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