Father charged in extreme child abuse case has violent history, records show

A man charged with the extreme child abuse of his 10-year-old son who died earlier this month has a violent criminal history, according to Wisconsin court records.

Al-Mutahan McLean, 30, Amanda Hinze, 28; and Jennifer Ebert, 24, were arraigned Tuesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. They are charged with the alleged abuse of 10-year-old Takoda Collins who authorities say was locked naked in an attic, abused emotionally and physically for years and died with numerous bruises and cuts on him.

Takoda died Dec. 13 after he stopped breathing at a home at 1934 Kensington Ave. His cause of death has not been determined.

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A $1 million bond was set for McLean who is charged with four counts of endangering children, two counts of felonious assault and one count of rape of a child under the age of 13.

A $500,000 bond was set for the women, who are sisters, in the case — half of what they were originally being held on when they were first arrested about two weeks ago. They are charged with four counts of endangering children.

Not guilty pleas were entered for all three defendants. All three are scheduled to be back in court Jan. 15.

Tuesday wasn't the first time McLean found himself in front of a judge, according to court records obtained by TV station WISC 3000. The court records show a man in 2012 told police that he didn't know McLean and McLean had put him in a headlock and choked him because he thought the man had stolen his phone.

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The records said McLean also punched the man in the face, WISC 3000 reported. The charges were reduced by a prosecutor to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Also, in 2013, McLean was accused of hitting his then ex-girlfriend over the head with a pipe, dragging her by her hair to a car and punching her before driving away with her, WISC 3000 reported.

Charges of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, were later dismissed by a prosecutor in the case.

Meanwhile, the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch on Tuesday released a call from May where Takoda’s mother, Robin Collins, asked police to check on her son. Collins, who does not have full-time parental rights to Takoda, lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

In the call, she said her son was being abused and needed help.

“I need to speak with somebody about doing a welfare check on my son, who I believe is in danger,” Robin Collins told a dispatcher in a May 14 call. “I don’t know how you guys do things or how it works or anything, but I believe that his father is abusing him and hurting him.”

She said she heard McLean threaten her son.

“I’ve been trying to work with him to talk to my son and he gave me a bunch of things that are very concerning,” she said. “He locked him in his room. He tried to jump out a window. He sent him to school in a diaper. He pulled him out of school. He whips him with a belt. Just a bunch of stuff that’s very concerning to me.”

She said she heard McLean demand Takoda to “get on the ground.”

“I don’t really know if he’s telling the truth or not, but even if he’s not I would feel much better knowing that a police officer pulled my son to the side and talked to him one-on-one to make sure that nothing is going on,” she said.

Dayton Police went to the home and spoke with McLean, who assured officers the boy was safe. They cleared the call after not being able to reach Robin when the dispatch center attempted to call her back, records show.

Dayton Police said the case and the circumstances around it are under investigation.

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