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Toddler dies, mother and boyfriend appear in court Friday

Bradley Dean Young (Provided by the Butler County Sheriff's Office) Bradley Dean Young (Provided by the Butler County Sheriff's Office)
Rebecca Ashton Kinner (Provided by the Butler County Sheriff's Office) Rebecca Ashton Kinner (Provided by the Butler County Sheriff's Office)
Middletown residents demonstrated outside the city's courthouse in support of Kinsley. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham) Middletown residents demonstrated outside the city's courthouse in support of Kinsley. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham)
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MADISON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

A 2-year-old girl who authorities say was found beaten and not breathing in a Butler County home died Thursday, according to a source close to the family. 

Kinsley's father, Scott Senft, posted on his Facebook page remembering Kinsley:

"Play all you want in heaven baby, daddy will be there soon, we will play everday, love each other like we do now, and shot the world it'[s still me and till the end, I love you baby so much!!!! RIP my beautiful angel, I promise I will make them pay for this...At only 2 you have made me a new man, changed my life and made yourself part of me I love you baby."

The girl's mother and the mother's boyfriend face charges and are scheduled to make their first court appearances at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Middletown Municipal Court.

Rebecca Ashton Kinner, 23, is held at the Butler County Jail on a charge of permitting child abuse, jail records show. Bradley Dean Young, 27, is held on a felonious assault charge. 

They were arrested Wednesday after the Butler County Sheriff's Office responded to Young's Radabaugh Road residence when they received a report of a non-breathing child, according to a criminal complaint filed with Middletown Municipal Court.

[Listen: Rebecca Kinner's 911 call]

CPR was started until EMS arrived. The toddler was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, where medical staff advised that she had bruising under her chin towards her throat and several bruises all around her head, according to the complaint.

The toddler was transferred to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

"Medical staff advised (the girl) had no brain activity and was on a ventilator," the criminal complaint states. "Rebecca Kinner stated that she watched her boyfriend (Brad Young) shook and punched her two-year-old daughter in the head multiple times the day before she stopped breathing. Rebecca made no attempt to come to her defense."

In a tweet, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones expressed disbelief over the situation.

In a prepared statement, the sheriff also pledged to work closely with the prosecutor's office "to seek the highest punishment possible for the people who did this."

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Kinsley and already has raised $15,475 toward a $20,000 goal.

"I was crying the whole time," Senft told FOX19 NOW after his daughter passed away. "I can't do nothing to deny it. I can't fix it. I can't bring it back. That's my daughter, my baby, my girl, my everything."

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night in Senft's hometown of Franklin.

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