Woman pleads guilty in Middletown case of fatally beaten boy

Woman pleads guilty in Middletown case of fatally beaten boy
Ramona Bostian (Provided by the Middltetown City Jail)
Ramona Bostian (Provided by the Middltetown City Jail)

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - One of the three women charged in the beating death of a 5-year-old boy earlier this year pleaded guilty Monday.

Ramona Bostian, 56, faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to obstructing justice in the fatal being of Alexander Stephens.  Other charges, including endangering children, were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

She will be sentenced on August. 22.

In what some investigators call the worst case of child abuse they've ever seen, the Stephens' mother, Theresa Hawkins-Stephens, and her friend, Rachael Bostian, are accused of beating her two young sons so badly, the 5-year-old died and his 6-year-old sibling was hospitalized.  The 6-year-old sibling survived.

The women were taken into custody in April after Middletown officers responded to a report of a possible dead child inside a hotel room at the Parkway Inn.

According to a recording of the 911 call made after the alleged abuse, a woman who identified herself as "Rachael," told dispatchers that she, along with two other women and two children, had been camping in the woods when the five year old child escaped and didn't return for a few days.

When the child returned, Rachael told dispatchers that he'd been badly beat up by other kids in the woods and that he'd  stopped breathing.

But when investigators arrived, they came to a much different conclusion and arrested the three women.

Stephens and Rachel - Ramona's daughter - are charged with murder, five counts of felony endangering children and two counts of kidnapping. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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