The mother and father of a toddler who died last month have been indicted by a grand jury on aggravated murder charges.
At a press conference Wednesday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters described 2-year-old Glenara Bates' death as “horrific” and said he will seek the death penalty against parents Andrea Bradley and Glen Bates.
Glenara weighed only 13 pounds when she was taken on March 28 to Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The coroner ruled starvation and blunt force trauma as the cause of death.
The child had sustained bite marks, bruises, belt marks and broken teeth over an extended period of time. Bradley allegedly tried to sew the toddler's head up with a needle and thread before taking her to the hospital.
The coroner said it was unclear when Glenara had last been fed or given anything to drink.
“There's no doubt in my mind this child was tortured for most of her pitiful, pitifully short life,” said Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco.
Deters admitted Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services dropped the ball with 28-year-old Andrea Bradley, who is pregnant with her eighth child.
“They're pushing these kids into these families, if you can call them families. They're pushing these kids back into the households,” said Deters. “The bottom line is there are some parents that should not be parents at all.”
JFS director Moira Weir said she shares Deters' concerns about the case.
“We cannot comment publicly on the specifics of this case, but I will say a preliminary review shows we failed to follow our own policies and procedures in this case,” said Weir. JFS is conducting an internal and independent review of casework procedures.
Bradley's four other children who were living at the East Walnut Hills home have been put in JFS custody. None of them showed signs of abuse, according to Deters.
Deters said right now Bradley is pregnant with her eighth child which she will give birth to in jail. Deters said there are at least 4 different fathers, 2 of them in prison and all of them are unwilling to care for their kids. It is just another tragic example he said of parents who should have never been parents in the first place.
In addition to aggravated murder, Bradley and Bates are also charged with murder and felony child endangerment.