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Parents of slain Bullhead City girl arrested for drugs
Friends allegedly tried to help suspect evade police

Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella

Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella

KINGMAN - Tania Ann Grogan and Ralph Pat Leroy Folster III, the mother and stepfather of an 8-year-old Bullhead City girl who was murdered in early September, were arrested following a two-hour standoff on felony drug charges Wednesday.

One day later, three other people were arrested - and one of them has been accused of making 911 calls to falsely report an officer had been shot in an attempt to lure police away from the standoff.

The bizarre incident unfolded Wednesday following a Bullhead City Police Department investigation that began in September amid allegations that Grogan, 29, and Folster, 28, were selling methamphetamine and heroin out of their home in a duplex in the 2400 block of Lakeside Drive.

Bullhead City police and SWAT arrested Grogan shortly after they responded to the home at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. She reportedly complied with their orders early on, but Folster, said Bullhead City Police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt in a statement, refused to come out.

He reportedly climbed into the attic and hid in the attached home of neighbor Jaime Medrano, 27. Medrano was arrested for allegedly harboring Folster during the two-hour standoff.

Folster eventually came out voluntarily - but not before he allegedly enlisted the help of his girlfriend, Niki Elizabeth Fox, 21. Police believe Fox called 911 to report an officer had been shot at a local gas station in an effort to create a diversion designed to lure police from the home.

About 15 minutes later, a male called 911 and falsely reported an "officer was down" at a local motel. That person has not been arrested.

Fox was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at her home in the 300 block of Church Street. She reportedly struggled with police.

Also arrested was Folster's mother, 59-year-old Freddie Lynn Nicholson, on drug charges. Nicholson allegedly assisted Grogan with drug sales.

A methamphetamine pipe was reportedly found in her bedroom in September when police investigated the murder of Isabella "Bella" Grogan-Cannella, whose body was found in a shallow grave Sept. 3.

Family friend Justin James Rector, 26, was charged with the girl's killing and could face the death penalty.

Grogan's troubles are not over. According to Fromelt, there is an ongoing investigation under way to determine if she left her children in a dangerous environment that led to her daughter's death. Police allege Grogan supplied meth to Rector. Rector's next court date is Oct. 28.

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