Mom gets life in prison for beating death of son

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HAMILTON, Ohio (WLWT) – A Butler County woman was the last of three to learn her fate for a boy’s slaying.

Our partners in Cincinnati, WLWT are reporting Theresa Hawkins-Stephens was sentenced Monday for the murder of her son.

In April, 5-year-old Alexander Stephens and his brother Damyan were tied up with blankets and beaten for more than 24 hours in a wooded area off North Verity Parkway.

Police said the boys were beaten after one took food.

READ MORE:Child found beaten at Middletown motel dies

The women responsible were staying in a motel room at the Parkway Inn.

Prosecutors said they called 911 and lied, saying they were camping and the boys were beaten up by some other kids when they ran away.

Rachel Bostian was previously sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. Bostian’s mother, Ramona Bostian, was previously sentenced to three years behind bars.

READ MORE: Woman sentenced for child’s death in Middletown

Calling her actions the “definition of deplorable,” Judge Greg Stephens sentenced Hawkins-Stephens to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 15 years.

The judge said the law would not allow him to give Hawkins-Stephens life without parole. 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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