- Lauren Pack Staff Writer
Bradley Young and Rebekah Kinner, under heavy guard, were arraigned in Middletown Municipal Court on Dec. 4, 2015, just hours after 2-year-old Kinsley received her fatal injuries.
Rebekah Kinner, 24, pleaded guilty in March 2016 to involuntary manslaughter, permitting child abuse and endangering children after she did nothing to stop her boyfriend, Bradley Young, from beating her 2-year-old daughter, Kinsley, to death.
Young is serving a 15 years to life in prison after being found guilty of murder following a jury trial.
Here are 5 of the biggest moments from the case:
Rebekah Kinner, under guard from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, was permitted to see her dead child before the toddler’s visitation and funeral.
Rebekah Kinner had expressed an interest in going to the visitation, but the sheriff’s office told her they could not accommodate that request.
In the wake of a tragic situation, Kinsley Kinner’s father, Scott Senft, chose to make Christmas brighter for other children by requesting toys be donated in his young daughter’s memory. A truck was parked outside the toddler’s visitation, where toys could be dropped off.
Rebekah Kinner gave birth to a baby boy in February while awaiting trial. Senft initially believed he was the father, but a paternity test proved he was not.
The newborn is placed with his biological father.
Soon after giving birth, Rebekah Kinner pleads guilty and prepares to testify against Young.
During her sentencing, Rebekah Kinner told Judge Keith Spaeth, “I have lost everything that’s ever made me happy because of one mistake.”
The judge, disagreed, and pounced on her reasoning.
“It wasn’t just one bad choice, it was a series of bad choices,” Spaeth said. “Where life had placed you, put you in relationships, having children in a relationship with the co-defendant (Bradley Young) and allowing him to have access to your child. It seems to me a much bigger, broader issue brought us where we are today.”
5. Rebekah’s testimony thrown out after she appeared to be ‘intoxicated’
Rebekah Kinner took the stand at Young’s trial, but her testimony was later ordered not to be considered by the jury because the judge believed she was under the influence of medication and incompetent.
Pressed by the judge to explain her inconsistent answers while testifying, Rebekah Kinner admitted some of her answers were not true and she was responding “just to get (testifying) over with.”
Young was found guilty of murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in death of 2-year-old Kinsley Kinner.