A 14-month-old boy who went missing in Columbus, Ohio, last week was found dead in a creek Wednesday morning.
The boy’s mother, Dainesha Stevens, of Maryland, is being held on $150,000 bond in Columbus on charges of endangering her children and tampering with evidence. She could face additional charges now that her son’s body has been found.
Stevens called Columbus police Monday and said her 6-year-old daughter was missing, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
Stevens told police she was visiting a friend in town and that her daughter disappeared Christmas Eve after Stevens left her with an acquaintance.
She did not mention her son, Cameron Beckford, until police met with her and questioned her story. She initially said she abandoned the toddler on a stranger’s porch because she was unable to care for him. Police say they suspect that story might have been a lie to cover up a possible homicide.
A dive crew found Cameron’s body in Big Walnut Creek.
Officers found Stevens’ daughter an hour after the woman first met with the police. The girl is now in the custody of Franklin County Children Services.
Court records say several days before Cameron disappeared, Stevens allowed an unidentified person to spank the little boy so harshly that the person “caused layers of skin to be removed from the child’s buttocks.”
The friend with whom Stevens stayed in Columbus, Kurt Flood, is being held on an unrelated misdemeanor charge and probation violation.
Stevens appeared in court