No bond for suspect in toddler's murder

James Lee Livesay (Source: Kori Robinson)
James Lee Livesay (Source: Kori Robinson)
Anthony Pierson (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Anthony Pierson (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A man accused of killing a 2-year-old Sycamore Township boy is being held without bond.

Anthony Pierson, 32, was arraigned Thursday morning for the murder of James Lee Livesay, 2.

"I want revenge," the boy's father Robert Livesay said. "This should have never happened."

The father of young games Livesay, who showed up at the arraignment, says there were warning signs as recent as last summer.

"He was in the hospital for being kicked in the chest," Livesay said. "The cops told me, the detectives told me they did not have enough evidence to convict [Pierson]."

Anthony's bother Jeffery Pierson, however, argues his brother is innocent of the accusations.

"Not possible," Jeffery Pierson said. "Not one bit. He loved them kids too much. He raised them kids for a year now."

Pierson says his brother has been wrongfully accused.

"He has a violent temper with adults when it comes to certain situations, he'll stand his ground but he'll never lay his hand on a child like that," he said.

Jeffery argues his brother's innocence not only in the boy's death but also in the incident that happened over the summer.

"They said it had to have happened at the house but I don't think so," Jeffery argued. "Like I said, last July James was dropped off here at my house from his fathers and ended up in the hospital that day with the same injuries he passed away from Monday."

A friend of the boy's father called for more charges Thursday, arguing the mother should also be held responsible.

"She is just as much to blame even if she isn't the one that physically hurt James, she was there," Brandi Ohmer said.

Regardless of where people believe the guilt lies, everyone agreed justice should be brought for James.

"James was a beautiful, wonderful baby and he did not deserve this," Ohmer said. "He did not deserve to have his life taken away."

"I feel for Pam because I know what it's like to lose a child," Jeffery Pierson said. "I loved James. James was a good little guy."

At 2:45 p.m. Monday afternoon, the Sycamore Township Life Squad and Hamilton County Sheriffs Deputies were dispatched to a location in a mobile home park at 7501 School Road for a report of a child that had stopped breathing. The child was transported to Bethesda North Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Pierson was arrested and charged with the beating death of Livesay on Wednesday. He was the live-in boyfriend of Livesay's mother.

Pierson has been charged with one count of murder.

This case remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Section and the Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services. Three of Livesay's sisters have been removed from the home and are staying with relatives.

FOX19 reached out to JFS Thursday to get their side of the story concerning their involvement with the family this past summer before the case was closed but a spokesperson says they are no longer commenting due to the ongoing investigation.

Pierson is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

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