Rebekah Kinner pleads guilty in Kinsley Kinner case

Rebekah Kinner pleads guilty in Kinsley Kinner case

UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.:

Kinsley’s father, Scott Senft, was in court Friday to hear Kinner’s plea. While he said he “liked” the potential 25-year sentence, he would prefer the death penalty for Kinner.

“The death penalty would be enough,” he said. “ … I’m more of an eye for an eye guy.”

Senft said he couldn’t bring himself to go to his daughter’s grave until very recently.

Kinsley’s grandmother, Heidi Martin, said it has been very difficult trying to get back to a normal life.

“I know that Kinsley’s in heaven and in order for me to get to heaven I have to forgive that woman at some point in time,” she said. “How do I do that? I have no idea.”

Kinner has given birth to a son, Wyatt Matthew Kinner, since she has been in Butler County Jail.

Senft, who originally thought he was the boy’s father, had planned to take custody, but a DNA test did not confirm he was the father.

The six-week-old boy is now in the custody of his biological father, Jason White.

Kinner’s father, Douglas Kinner, was also in court Friday and said he is “ecstatic” his grandson is with White because he is an excellent father. He did not have similar words for Young.

“The words out of my mouth was there’s something about him I don’t like and I normally don’t say that about anybody,” he said. “But there was just something about him I didn’t like.”

The story presented by officials about his daughter was “one-sided,” he said.

“She really loved Kinsley,” Douglas Kinner said. “We all loved her, and it’s just a tragedy.”

UPDATE, 12:40 p.m.:

Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said 23-year-old Rebekah Kinner pleaded guilty as charged to involuntary manslaughter, permitting child abuse and endangering children.

“She has accepted full responsibility for her conduct and we are moving on to the next case,” the prosecutor said.

Her boyfriend Bradley Young, 26, faces charges of murder, felony endangering children and involuntary manslaughter.

Gmoser will be trying that case with Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Heile beginning on April 25 in front of Judge Keith Spaeth.

Gmoser said Kinner will be on his witness list for Young’s trial and he fully expects there to be a trial.

UPDATE, 11:49 a.m.:

Rebekah Kinner pleaded guilty to all three charges and faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.

She appeared in Butler County Common Pleas this morning for a plea hearing at 11 a.m.

Rebekah Kinner was accused in connection to the beating death of her daughter Kinsley Kinner in Madison Twp., Butler County last December.

Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said the 23-year-old pleaded guilty as charged to involuntary manslaughter, permitting child abuse and endangering children.

Her boyfriend Bradley Young, 26, faces charges of murder, felony endangering children and involuntary manslaughter.

Her Attorney Kyle Rapier said previously his client gave testimony to the grand jury because she wants truth and justice to prevail “as much as anyone else.”

“For her, it was more about testifying because it is the truth and setting self-preservation aside,” he said.

Kinsley died Dec. 3 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

“It’s being spun that she was just standing there and did nothing, and that’s not her side at all,” Rapier previously told the Journal-News.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

Rebekah Kinner is appearing in Butler County Common Pleas this morning for a plea hearing, according to a court clerk.

Rebekah Kinner was accused in connection to the beating death of her daughter Kinsley Kinner in Madison Twp., Butler County last December.

Rebekah Kinner, 23, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, permitting child abuse and endangering children, according to the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.

Her boyfriend Bradley Young, 26, faces charges of murder, felony endangering children and involuntary manslaughter.

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