Two Arrested in Connection with 16-Year-Old Autistic Boy's Death

Adopted mother and her partner arrested for starving and chaining to death a 16-year-old autistic boy. Prosecutors describe the "heartbreaking" level of depravity.

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Ebenezer Mensah
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Two Arrested in Connection with 16-Year-Old Autistic Boy's Death

Two Arrested in Connection with 16-Year-Old Autistic Boy's Death

Two individuals have been arrested in connection with the death of a 16-year-old autistic boy in Springfield Township. Tamara Moore, the boy's adopted mother, and William Turnage face charges including murder, endangering children, involuntary manslaughter, and failure to report a crime or knowledge of a death.

The boy was found dead on February 6, and the autopsy revealed that he had been starved and chained to a cot, with zero food in his digestive tract. The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office described the level of depravity displayed by the defendants as heartbreaking.

"The coroner's report revealed the boy had been chained to a cot and denied food for a significant amount of time leading up to his death," stated the prosecutor's office. "We promise to ensure justice for the victim and hold the individuals accountable for their actions."

Moore pleaded not guilty to the charges during her arraignment. Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Springfield Township Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

Why this matters: This tragic case highlights the vulnerability of children with disabilities and the importance of ensuring their safety and well-being. It also raises questions about the oversight and support provided to adoptive families caring for children with special needs.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office emphasized the severity of the alleged crimes and their commitment to seeking justice. "The level of depravity displayed by the defendants is heartbreaking," the office stated. During the legal proceedings, the community mourns the loss of the young victim and demands accountability for those responsible for his death.

Key Takeaways

  • Two individuals arrested for 16-year-old autistic boy's death
  • Victim found dead, starved and chained to a cot
  • Adoptive mother Tamara Moore pleaded not guilty to charges
  • Prosecutors describe "heartbreaking" level of depravity
  • Community demands accountability for the victim's death