PRESS RELEASE, 9/29/2005

Joseph T. Deters announces a capital indictment in the death of a baby

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted 19-year-old Charles Finley of Cincinnati for the murder of one-year-old Christopher Beck. Finley now faces the death penalty.

Finley has been indicted for aggravated murder, murder, and felonious assault for the attack that occurred on September 21, 2005. Finley was babysitting his girlfriend's one year old son at her home in Silverton. After being alone with the child, he took the baby to his mother's home on Highland Avenue. Finley's mother noticed that something was wrong with the baby and called 911.

Christopher was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital. An autopsy report shows the baby was severely beaten and died due to multiple trauma.

Prior to 1997, these child killers did not face the death penalty under Ohio law.

Two Hamilton County cases changed that law. The murders of Star Hollingsworth (ten months old) and Matthew Richmond (12 years old) prompted Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters to seek legislation wherein people who purposely kill children under 13 years of age would be eligible for the death penalty. That bill passed in 1997.

Finley is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $500,000 bond.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters today said, "It simply tears your heart out to see how these babies have suffered at the hands of their killers.

We changed the law in 1997. I can promise you, as long as I am Prosecuting Attorney, people who kill children will face the ultimate penalty."