Ohio dad charged in tot’s starvation death pleads not guilty
CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old girl who weighed 13 pounds when she died of starvation and blunt-force injury has pleaded not guilty in Ohio to murder charges.
Court documents show 32-year-old Glen Bates entered the plea Monday in Hamilton County to aggravated murder and child endangerment in Glenara Bates’ March 29 death.
Bates was ordered jailed without bail. His attorney says he’s still in the early stages of investigating and evaluating his client’s case.
The child’s mother is charged with the same counts. Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea Bradley’s arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.
Prosecutor Joe Deters says the child had been badly beaten and had bruises, belt marks and bite marks, among other injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average 2-year-old girl weighs twice what Glenara did.