At least 6 local children under 5 have died in the past year in cases involving suspected abuse or neglect.
On Friday, Rebekah Kinner, the mother to 2-year-old Kinsley Kinner who died last December, pleaded guilty to all three charges against her. The charges were involuntary manslaughter, permitting child abuse and endangering children. She now faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. Her boyfriend, Bradley Young, of Middletown has also been charged in Kinsley’s death.
Read full story here: Rebekah Kinner pleads guilty as charged in Kinsley Kinner case
Also on Friday, Anna Ritchie, the stepmother to 4-year-old Austin Derreck Cooper, was arraigned in Franklin Municipal Court. Ritchie, who is charged with endangering children, is accused of putting her stepson’s legs in scalding water on Tuesday night. Austin was found in his bed the following morning not breathing, and was pronounced dead at Atrium Medical Center.
Read the full story here: Stepmom arraigned in child’s death
On Nov. 29, 2015, Brett Jaynes II, 4, died as a result of “blunt force trauma to the abdomen and the head,” according to the Franklin County coroner.
Michael Stapleton’s bail was set for $1 million after he was arrested on charges of murder and felonious assault. The coroner confirmed in a report that one of the bruises on the boy’s forehead appeared to be in the shape of knuckles balled into a fist.
For the full story: Caregiver charged in death of 4-year-old in Champaign County
On Aug. 18, 2015, 3-month-old Noah Pilkington died six days after he was returned to his parents’ custody.
Prosecutors have said that his mother, Brittany Pilkington, has confessed to killing her infant son and two other sons over the course of a year. Noah was found unresponsive and not breathing when the police were called to the scene.
For the full story: March 2016 trial set for Bellefontaine mom
On Aug. 8, 2015, Jacob Barker, 2, died at Children’s Medical Center.
Justin Payne is facing murder charges in the death of the 2-year-old. Payne called 9-1-1 the day before, saying that Jacob was unresponsive. He was instructed to give CPR until the medics arrived.
For the full story: Police seeking charges in child’s death
On April 8, 2015, Keyontae Ellis, 21 months old, died when his mother came home to find him not breathing in their Huber Heights home.
According to the coroner’s office, the child suffered blunt force trauma to his torso.
Dionte Evans, who was caring for the child at the time, was indicted in April 2015. He faces the following charges: Two counts murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of felonious assault and two counts of endangering children.
For the full story: $1M bond set for child murder defendent
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