PRESS RELEASE, 4/6/2007

Mother Indicted for Abuse in "Marcus" type case


Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced today the indictment of a woman involved in a brutal child abuse case. Beverly Fears, 24, has been indicted on 12 counts of Endangering Children and two counts of Kidnapping.

On March 28, 2007 at 11 p.m., Fears left her two children home alone and went to work at the Dell Corporation in West Chester. Before she left for work, Fears locked her 5-year-old son in a closet and left her 20-month-old son in a portable crib.

The 5-year-old began pounding for help and attempted to remove the floorboard. Neighbors heard the loud noises and alerted police.

When police arrived to the apartment located at 3640 Reading Road around 2 a.m., they found the children extremely famished. The closet, where the 5-year-old was found, was filled with feces and urine. The 5-year-old boy was wearing only his underwear, had ligature marks around his wrists and multiple bruises. The 20-month-old boy, who has Osteoporosis, was found wearing only a diaper and suffering from such severe diaper rash that his skin was peeling off. Both children were malnourished.

Prosecutor Deters said today, “The abuse in this case is comparable to the Marcus Fiesel case. The only real difference is that we do not have a homicide.

I have ordered my staff to fully investigate who knew of the potential abuse and did nothing. We will thoroughly investigate all aspects of this abuse and neglect.”

Fears is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $500,000 bond. If convicted on all counts, she faces up to 107 years in prison.