Ohio family murder suspect filed for custody of daughter days after slayings, report says

A man accused in the 2016 execution-style murders of an Ohio family reportedly filed for custody of his daughter four days after the killings.

Edward “Jake” Wagner shared custody of daughter Sophia Wagner, who was 2-years-old at the time, with Hanna Rhoden, one of the eight victims in the massacre. Wagner filed for custody of the toddler days after the Rhoden family members were found dead, WLWT-TV reported, citing court documents.

The child was at the center of an apparent custody dispute and led to the murders, Leonard Manley, a relative of the Rhoden family, told the Cincinnati Enquirer last week. He said the girl was safe in neighboring Scioto County.

This undated images released by the Ohio Attorney General's office, shows Edward "Jake" Wagner, one of four family members that was arrested in the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago, authorities announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

This undated images released by the Ohio Attorney General's office, shows Edward "Jake" Wagner, one of four family members that was arrested in the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago, authorities announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (Ohio Attorney General's office via AP)

“During our 2013 to 2015 co-habitation and exclusive romantic relationship, Hanna and I lived in either the home of my Mother or her Mother,” Wagner wrote in an affidavit, the station reported.

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“At that time, Hanna continued to attend school and did not work and I worked on my family's farm as well as drove an eighteen-wheeler, which I share with my Brother,” he reportedly wrote. “In late March 2015, Hanna decided that I worked too much and that I did not have enough time for her. Therefore, Hanna ended our co-habitation and exclusive romantic relationship. Hanna and I continued a non-exclusive romantic relationship while we shared the parenting of Sophia.”

Wagner tried to get Hanna to sign over her custody rights to the girl but her family said she refused, according to WLWT-TV.

Hanna, 19, along with Christopher Rhoden, 40; his ex-wife, Dana Rhoden, 37; their other children 20-year-old Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 16-year-old Christopher Jr.; Frankie Rhoden's fiancée, Hannah Gilley, 20; Christopher Rhoden Sr.'s brother, 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; and a cousin, Gary Rhoden, 38, were also killed in the massacre.

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The victims were identified as 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden; his ex-wife, 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; their three children, 20-year-old Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 16-year-old Christopher Jr., and 19-year-old Hanna; Frankie Rhoden's fiancée, 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; Christopher Rhoden Sr.'s brother, 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; and a cousin, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden.

The victims were identified as 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden; his ex-wife, 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; their three children, 20-year-old Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 16-year-old Christopher Jr., and 19-year-old Hanna; Frankie Rhoden's fiancée, 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; Christopher Rhoden Sr.'s brother, 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; and a cousin, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden. (WXIX-TV)

Sophia Wagner, now 4, was unharmed in the murders as was Hanna Rhoden’s other child, Kylie, who was 5 days old at the time of the slayings.

Edward “Jake” Wagner, George "Billy" Wagner III, Angela Wagner and George Wagner IV were arrested in the murders last week.

Fox News' Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.