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COLUMBUS, OH.– The body of a missing boy from Maryland was found in a creek in Ohio on Wednesday.
14-month-old, Cameron Beckford was found in a backpack floating in Big Walnut Creek, according to Columbus police. They say the boy was viciously beaten in the last few days of his short life.
The boy’s mother, Dainesha Stevens, 24, had allegedly lied to police when she told them that she left her son on a stranger’s porch.
Stevens has not been charged in the boy’s death, but on Wednesday she was held on $150,000 bond on related charges of endangering children and tampering with evidence.
According to Columbus Dispatch, her attorney, Mark Collins, said she made up the story about having left the boy on a doorstep and that she tipped police to the creek where his body was found.
Stevens told police after a call to 911 on Monday that she and a friend she was staying with had left her son on a doorstop “because they could not care for him any longer,” according to Columbus police.
The 911 call “was her way of asking for help,” Collins said. “That was her way of reaching out.”
Stevens was arrested Tuesday on charges she allowed a friend to “violently spank” the boy. The friend is being held on different charges.
Authorities say it is unclear when the boy died.