A Middletown woman has been charged with child endangering, a third-degree felony, and her case bound over to the Butler County Grand Jury, according to Middletown police.
Angela White, 57, of Aaron Drive, is accused of beating a 5-year-old girl, whom she is the guardian. The girl is in critical condition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and has been in a medically induced coma since the alleged incident occurred two weeks ago, said Lt. Scott Reeve of the Middletown Division of Police.
Additional charges against White may be introduced at the grand jury, Reeve said.
White was in Middletown Municipal Court on Friday before visiting Judge Pat Binns, who bound the case over. She is represented by public defender Dan Allnutt.
Police began investigating the case after White brought the child, who was unconscious, to Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus on April 10. The girl was badly beaten and was transported to the downtown hospital location, according to police.
Through the initial investigation, it was determined that the girl’s 13-year-old brother had abused her. White told police that the 13-year-old watched his younger sister while White was at the dentist for two hours April 9. After admitting to the beatings, he was taken to Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.
Police determined that the 13-year-old beat his sister with his fists until she was unconscious. She had bruising all over her body, and her forehead was swollen and her eyes were swollen shut, according to police.
Police said White was aware of the beating and failed to seek medical attention or take the girl to the hospital the next morning. White told police that she was aware of the boy’s temper and he had beaten his sister before.
When the 13-year-old recanted his confession, police continued their investigation. That’s when they determined that White beat the girl.
White no longer has custody of any children, police said.