PRESS RELEASE, 8/17/2016

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of mother in death of 4-year-old

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Britney Mayes (DOB 1/22/92) in the August 1st death of her 4-year-old daughter Averylee Hobbs.  Mayes is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 2 counts of Murder (Special Felony) and 1 count of Child Endangering (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, she faces the possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On July 29th Cincinnati Police were called to 1232 Beech Avenue in West Price Hill.  When they arrived, they found 4-year-old Averylee unresponsive in the bathtub of her mother’s home.  She was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she died on August 1st.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled her death a homicide by blunt force trauma to the head.

Mayes was previously convicted of Attempted Child Endangering in 2012 and sentenced to 6 months in prison for head trauma injuries to this same child.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “I am heartbroken that yet another baby’s life has been taken by her own parent.   I will never understand how a parent can intentionally cause this kind of harm to their child.”