Mother pleads guilty to aggravated murder in death of 4-year-old daughter

Mother pleads guilty to killing 4-year-old child

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A Cincinnati mother pleaded guilty to aggravated murder on Monday for killing her 4-year-old daughter.

Britney Mayes, 27, has been held in lieu of $2 million bond at the Hamilton County jail since her Aug. 10, 2016 arrest. She was indicted on one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder and one count of endangering children.

In court on Monday, Judge Robert Ruehlman dismissed the two counts of murder and one count of endangering children.

Aggravated murder carries a term of life in prison with no possibility for parole for 20 years.

With her time served, Mayes will be eligible for parole in 16.5 years.

Cincinnati police homicide investigators took Mayes into custody after the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office determined her daughter, Avery Hobbs, died from blunt force trauma to the head and ruled it a homicide.

Britney Mayes
Britney Mayes (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

Avery was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her mother’s Beech Avenue home in West Price Hill when police and fire crews responded July 29, 2016.

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The little girl was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she died on August 1.

Her mother was convicted of attempted child endangering in 2012 and sentenced to six months in prison for head trauma injuries to Avery.

While in court, Judge Ruehlman asked how she was able to get the child back after that incident.

“After a parent fractures a kid’s skull and goes to prison, should they have anything to do with that child again?” Ruehlman posed.

Mayes regained custody of her daughter from Avery’s grandparents following a heated juvenile court battle.

“She was abused when she was with her mother," Avery’s grandmother Tammy Risen said. “We could’ve kept her safe. It’s unjust that Avery had to live through that.”

Mayes apologized in court and offered this explanation: “Just that it really wasn’t what it seemed. I really did love my daughter. I love all my kids. I’m sorry.”

“You’re the one that killed your daughter," Ruehlman replied. “You did it."

After court, Avery’s grandmother continued her push for justice.

“She had a lot of people that loved her, that would’ve done anything to protect her," Risen said. “She told on her mother, everything that her mother did, and nobody would listen.”

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