Boyfriend Charged With Baby’s Murder

Posted On July 05, 2012

Brian Woeste

Switzerland County Jail

(Rising Sun, Ind.) – Indiana State Police have charged an Ohio County man with murdering his girlfriend’s one-year-old baby.


On Thursday, investigators arrested Brian Woeste in connection with the death of one-year-old Nolan Helfrich. 


The investigation began on January 18 when state police detectives were called to Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati in reference to a seriously injured child who had apparently suffered his injuries at a residence in Rising Sun.  Little Nolan died in the hospital two days later.


An autopsy determined the child died of blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and torso.


“The autopsy revealed the injuries Nolan suffered were ‘non-accidental’ injuries and the manner of death was ruled as homicide,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze.


Detectives say Woeste, 26, was the live-in boyfriend of Michelle Helfrich, Nolan’s mother.  On the afternoon the baby was taken to the hospital, Michelle was attending class at Ivy Tech in Lawrenceburg and Woeste was babysitting Nolan.


Woeste was arrested by state police without incident at his father’s residence in Switzerland County.  He is currently being held in the Switzerland County Jail on charges of Murder, Battery Resulting in Death of a Person Less than Fourteen Years of Age (Class A Felony), two counts of Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death (both Class A Felonies).