Mother charged in 5-year-old’s beating death due in court

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A woman charged with murder in the beating death of her 5-year-old boy son is scheduled for a court hearing with two other women also charged in the southwest Ohio slaying.

Authorities say 26-year-old Theresa Hawkins-Stephens and the other two women have a court hearing set for Friday in Middletown Municipal Court on charges in the death of 5-year-old Alexander Stephens.

A message left for Hawkins-Stephens’ attorney on Friday wasn’t immediately returned.

Police say the boy died April 29. They say he had been beaten by Hawkins-Stephens and one of the other women charged while he and his 6-year-old brother and the women were staying in a tent near the Great Miami River.

The boys were found in a motel. Investigators say they allegedly were beaten after one took food.