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Heartbreaking Details Released in Death of Teenage Girl

SPRING HILL – Yesterday, R News reported the arrest of two suspects who officials say are responsible for the death of a teenage girl who died at a residence on Bancroft Ave, Tuesday.

Officials say 18-year-old Joshua Ware arrived at the Bancroft Ave residence around midnight Monday evening with the 17-year-old victim who was already unconscious. Ware and his friend 24-year-old James Richard Briski carried the victim into the home from a vehicle that was parked in the backyard. Ware told investigators that the victim appeared to be overheating due to ingesting cocaine. Briski and Ware then placed the victim into a bathtub, and filled it with water, ice, and packages of frozen food, in an effort to reduce her body temperature. Around 3:30 a.m., on Tuesday, they noticed the victim was not communicating and had stopped breathing, so they called 911.

Before paramedics arrived on scene, Ware disposed of the cocaine and then proceeded to perform chest compressions on the victim.

During an interview with detectives, Ware advised that he had Xanax and cocaine in this vehicle.

Following the interviews, investigators returned to the residence and towed Ware's car to an impound yard for processing.

Ware was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Trafficking in Fentanyl. Ware is currently held on a $170,000 bond. Officials have not commented on how Fentanyl is related to the case.

Briski is charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child and Possession of Cocaine. He remains behind bars on a $30,000 bond.


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