Child found beaten at Middletown motel dies

From left to right, Rachael Bostian, Theresa Hawkins-Stephens, Ramona Bostian (Photos: Middletown City Jail)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – Police say one of two young brothers found badly hurt at a Middletown motel has died. The 5-year-old was pronounced dead at 8:02 Friday morning.

The two were beaten by three women over a 22-hour span and so badly injured by the alleged abuse that responding police and paramedics were left in tears, Middletown police said.

The mother of the two children, Theresa Hawkins-Stephens, 26, and her friend Rachael Bostian, 29, each are now facing a murder charge as well as two counts of felonious assault and two counts of endangering children. Bond for them has been set at $1 million. Bostian’s mother, Ramona Bostian, 56, is charged with felonious assault and child endangering. Her bond is $500,000.

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Middletown police Maj. Mark Hoffman said Thursday that investigators believe the 5- and 6-year-old boys were wrapped in sheets and beaten after one took food.

Police say officers responded Wednesday to a 911 call about an unresponsive child and found the younger boy with life-threatening injuries and his seriously-injured brother, hidden under a blanket.

Preliminary hearings for each of the women has been set for Friday, May 6 at 1:30PM. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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