Police and Paramedics Were Reduced to Tears In Brothers' Child Abuse Case

Two young brothers were beaten by their mother and her friend in a hotel room in Ohio. Police and paramedics who arrived on the scene say they were unprepared for the scene when they entered the hotel room where the children had been abused.

They were left in tears, and one of the children were pronounced dead.

According to authorities, a 911 call came in on Wednesday in which a mother reported an unresponsive child. The call came in and is believed to be 29-year-old Rachael Bostian, a friend who was with the children and their mother, Theresa Hawkins-Stephens.

"We have a child that stopped breathing. We were camping in the woods and he escaped the tent when we was sleeping, and he was gone for a couple days and some kids got a hold of him and messed him up real bad, and we didn't realize how bad it was," she said.

When the 911 operator asked if he was alive, she responded they were performing 'chest compressions' and CPR on the boy.

Police immediately realized the scene did not add up when they arrived. When police responded to the call, which came from a hotel room in Middleton, they found a 5-year-old boy with life-threatening injuries. They found his brother, also injured, hidden under a blanket.

Hawkins-Stephens, Bostian and Bostian's 56-year old mother, Ramona Bostian, were staying in the room with the 5-year-old boy and his 6-year-old brother. Both boys had been wrapped in sheets and beaten brutally.

"When our officers arrived at the scene, one of them began performing CPR on the 5-year-old, and then the squad took that over when they arrived," said Assistant Chief Maj. Mark Hoffman. "This was a horrific event. It's the worst that I've seen, anybody on the scene has seen."

According to the motel staff, the three women and the two boys had not been camping recently; they'd been at the hotel for a couple of days. Police have launched an investigation and suspect that the boys were beaten for 22 hours by the three women because one of them took some food that wasn’t his.

The children were rushed to the hospital, but the 5-year-old boy died from his injuries.

All three women were arrested and arraigned. Hawkins-Stephens and Bostian faced two counts of felonious assault, two counts of endangering children, and murder charges for the death of the 5-year-old. They were each held in $1 million bail. The elder Bostian has been charged with felonious assault and child endangering. She was held on $500,000 bail.

According to reports, the three women were all from Licking County, Ohio and had just moved together to Franklin County. A photo of the two adorable brothers before the incident has captured hearts across the nation.

The sad reality that they were failed by so many adults -- not just their abusers, but those who failed to protect them from their abusers-- is heartbreaking.

Source: Mad World News, WDTN
Photos: Mad World News, Facebook, YouTube, WCPO

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