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Cleveland man charged in connection with death of woman assaulted inside Wickliffe hotel

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 1:56 PM EST
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WICKLIFFE, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cleveland man is being charged in connection with the death of a woman who was assaulted inside a Wickliffe hotel.

Wickliffe police said officers were called out to the FairBridge Hotel on Dec. 19, 2021, around 4:25 a.m. after people heard a woman screaming for help inside a room.

When officers arrived, they said they were directed to the room and the door was open.

Jessica Sturdivant, of University Heights, was found partially clothed laying on the hotel room floor with no pulse, said Wickliffe police.

EMS rushed the 35-year-old to a local hospital, where she was pronounced brain dead and later passed away.

Wickliffe police said the suspect, Sellewyn Dancy, was naked in the room, standing next to Sturdivant.

The 38-year-old was taken into custody and is currently being held without bond at the Lake County Jail.

Dancy was initially charged with felonious assault, but Wickliffe police said more serious charges, including possibly murder, are expected in the near future

19 News found that Sturdivant and Sellewyn were involved in some sort of a relationship.

Photos online show the two together, including ones at a different hotel.

The photos depict an intimate relationship and stem back to as far as two years ago.

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