3rd of 4 adults sentenced in case of Beavercreek girl beaten bloody with belt

Woman sentenced to 18 months in prison plus court costs.

The third of four adults have been sentenced for the October 2021 beating of a 12-year-old Beavercreek girl with a metal-studded belt.

Tammara Ann Moreland, aka Tammara Cantrell, was sentenced Thursday in Greene County Common Pleas Court to 1½ years in prison plus court costs, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christian Cavalier said. The 38-year-old pleaded guilty last month to attempted endangering children.

Credit: Greene County Jail

Credit: Greene County Jail

A Greene County jury in August convicted the girl’s mother, Tchanavian Janelle Cantrell, 37, and John Wesley Cantrell II, 38, of multiple counts of endangering children after a four-day trial. Both were sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison. John Cantrell is incarcerated at the Marion Correctional Institution and Tchanavian Cantrell is in the Dayton Correctional Institution, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction.

The Cantrells were indicted along with Moreland and a 37-year-old woman initially charged with felonious assault. Prosecutors have until late March to present its case against the fourth woman to a grand jury, according to court documents.

The four adults and more than a dozen children lived together as a family unit in Beavercreek, according to the prosecutor’s office. In mid-October 2021, the child failed to complete her chores. To discipline her, the four adults struck her with a metal studded belt, causing bleeding, open wounds on her lower back. One of the adults then immediately sprayed isopropyl alcohol onto the open wounds, “which inflicted immense pain upon the victim,” prosecutors said.

The child, who was home-schooled, on Oct. 19, 2021, snuck out and went to Coy Middle School in Beavercreek. When Tchanavian Cantrell came to pick her up, her daughter ran into a nearby wooded area, where the child disclosed the abuse to law enforcement.

After observing the girl’s injuries and conducting an investigation, Beavercreek police arrested all four adults on Oct. 21, 2021, and charged them with endangering children.

As part of the investigation, the child told a caseworker she received “whoopings” anytime something went wrong and that the defendants used a black belt, metal belt and brown belt. During an interview at Michael’s House Child Advocacy Center, the girl said she received about 200 “licks” because she didn’t do chores correctly, according to court documents.

Greene County Children Services removed at least 13 children from the house, and prosecutors said two more children were born since charges were filed in the case.

Credit: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction

Credit: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction

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