MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A mother and her boyfriend are under arrest after police found her 3-year-old son severely beaten.
Glynis "Red" Thompson, 29, faces charges of felonious assault and domestic violence. Kayla Freeman was charged with child endangering for allegedly failing to get medical care for her son.
Their arrests Wednesday came after police went to Freeman's Jackson Avenue apartment to check on her son.
An unidentified caller told authorities they heard a child screaming, a loud thump, and then silence. The caller also reported the mother left her child with her boyfriend while she worked.
An officer knocked on Freeman's front door for several minutes, but no one answered. The officer contacted the boy's mother working at McDonald's on Engel's Corner. Freeman said she was unable to get home right away because she walked to work.
Police picked her up and drove her home, but no one answered her door. She told police she had no key but her son was inside with his father, whom she said was caring for him.
A female neighbor told officers she saw the boy earlier that day and he was "bruised up pretty good," an incident report states.
Freeman was unable to get inside her apartment, so firefighters were called to pry it open.
Her son was found alone inside the unit, which was in disarray and very unsanitary.
"...it was obvious that (the boy) had suffered a beating or multiple beatings," the report states.
Most of his body was covered in bruises, and the little boy's face and head were swollen. His lips also were busted.
Police think the bruises were at least a day or so old.
Neighbors told police they think the child was beaten Sunday. One person said she saw Freeman, who also appeared to have been beaten, run outside with the injured child.
The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Upon further investigation, police concluded the boy's father was never with his son and the mother's boyfriend, Thompson, was responsible for the beating.
Thompson faces additional charges of drug abuse and conveying drugs into a detention facility.
Jail guards said they found him in his cell the next day, hiding prescription painkillers inside his buttocks.