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No bond for pregnant mom accused of killing daughter, 4

Published: Aug. 18, 2016 at 3:20 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2016 at 3:20 PM EDT
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Britney Mayes in court Thursday morning following her indictment. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham)
Britney Mayes in court Thursday morning following her indictment. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham)
Britney Mayes (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
Britney Mayes (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A Hamilton County judge ordered no bond Thursday for the pregnant East Price Hill mother accused of killing her 4-year-old daughter.

Britney Roll Mayes, 24, has been held in lieu of $2 million bond at the county jail since her Aug. 10 arrest on a murder charge.

But Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered no bond in Mayes' arraignment Thursday. She was indicted Wednesday on one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder and one count of endangering children.

The judge also ordered that Mayes have no contact with any of her children, including her baby once he or she is born. She is seven months pregnant, prosecutors have said.

If convicted of all charges, Mayes faces the possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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

Averylee was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her mother's Beech Avenue home when police and fire crews responded July 29.

The little girl was transported 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 Averylee.

She regained custody of her daughter from Averylee's grandparents following a heated juvenile court battle.

"I am heartbroken that yet another baby's life has been taken away by her own parent," said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters after Mayes' indictment was announced Wednesday.

"I will never understand how a parent can intentionally cause this kind of harm to their child."

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