Grand jury to hear case of boy’s beating death; mom charged

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury will consider the case against a mother and two others charged after her two sons were found seriously beaten at a motel and one of the boys died.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News ( ) reports all three women waived preliminary hearings Friday, against their lawyers’ advice.

Five-year-old Alexander Stephens, of Licking County, died April 29 after authorities responding to a call found him and his badly injured 6-year-old brother at a Middletown motel. Authorities say the boys were beaten by their mother and her friend while staying in a tent near the Great Miami River.

Investigators say the children were struck after one took food.

Their mother, Theresa Hawkins-Stephens, was charged in municipal court with murder, felonious assault and endangering children.

A message was left Friday for her attorney.


Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton,$sch=jnfront?jnfront