Sentencing for mother of boy who tried to sell toy for food


LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio mother of a 7-year-old boy who police say was found trying to sell a stuffed animal to buy food has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Tammi Bethel and her husband Michael Bethel both pleaded guilty last month to child endangering charges.

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Tammi Bethel was sentenced Friday in Franklin Municipal Court in southwestern Ohio. Defense attorney David Chicarelli said she was taken to the hospital afterward after falling ill, possibly from the flu and anxiety.

Chicarelli said Bethel is looking forward to reuniting with her children after serving her time.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal News reports Michael Bethel was not sentenced Friday because he was also in the hospital. A message was left with his attorney.

The boy told an officer in September he hadn’t eaten for days. 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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