Misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter was added to the list of charges against a suspect in the Takoda Collins case, according to online court records.
A list of indicted charges against Jennifer Ebert, 25, on the Montgomery County Common Pleas Clerk of Court website now includes the new charge as well as the four endangering children charges she originally faced. A phone message to Jennifer Ebert’s attorney, Jeffrey Gramza, declined comment when reached.
Ebert remains in Montgomery County Jail.
Ebert’s legal troubles began when Takoda, a 10-year-old Dayton boy, died after authorities say he suffered “extreme abuse.”
Authorities say Takoda was beaten and died with cuts and bruises throughout his body. He also allegedly ate his own feces and either drank a lot of water or was held underwater before his death, authorities say.
His death has outraged many community members and prompted an extensive Dayton Daily News investigation into how children’s services and Dayton police’s handled warning signs before Takoda’s death.
Ebert was charged along with Al-Mutahan McLean and Amanda Hinze. McLean was Takoda’s father, Hinze was McLean’s girlfriend and Ebert is Hinze’s sister. All three lived in the same home with Takoda on Kensington Drive, authorities said.
The women were originally charged with four counts of endangering children in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
McLean was indicted on the endangering children charges, felonious assault and rape.
The documents in both Ebert’s criminal case and McLean’s criminal case cannot be viewed by the public, so the new charge in Ebert’s case can’t be viewed in full.
However, a list of charges can be viewed online, and that’s where the new charge appears.
No new charges have appeared against McLean or Hinze.
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