Police say the body of a missing 14-month-old boy has been found.
Columbus police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner confirmed Wednesday searchers found what they believe is the body of Cameron Beckford in a creek on the city’s far east side earlier in the day, CBS News reported.
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The toddler’s mother, Dainesha Stevens, 24, appeared in court Wednesday on two felony charges related to the boy’s disappearance and was held on $150,000 bail.
Steven’s attorney, Mark Collins, said his client lied about a story of abandoning the boy on a porch.
Stevens was charged with endangering children and tampering with evidence.
A charging document says Stevens failed to protect the boy by allowing someone to violently spank him several times between Dec. 21 and Dec. 23.
Collins said Stevens came to Ohio after calling police in Maryland, where she lives, for help and then received a bus pass from the local protective services agency.
Frederick police spokesman Lt. Clark Pennington said a domestic dispute took place before Stevens’ departure.
Frederick police previously said the father of Cameron Beckford and Stevens’ 6-year-old daughter, called police Sunday and reported that their mother had taken them to an unknown location in Columbus in mid-December. Based on the father’s concerns, two missing child reports were issued.
Stevens was staying with a male friend she knew as a teenager in Maryland, Collins said. The friend is being held on misdemeanor warrants unrelated to the toddler’s disappearance.
“It’s our goal to keep that man in custody pending further investigation by the police,” said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.
Columbus officers searched near a creek with a dive team and helicopter Wednesday after Stevens said she and a male acquaintance left the boy, Cameron Beckford, on the front porch of a stranger’s home Friday night because they could no longer take care of him. The area being searched on the city’s far east side, where the child’s body was ultimately found, is over two miles from the home where Stevens initially said she left the boy.
Without providing details, Collins confirmed Wednesday that Stevens pointed police to the creek.
Cameron’s 6-year-old sister, Cheyenne, was turned over to Franklin County Children Services.
Police said Stevens had legal custody of both children.