SYCAMORE TWP, Ohio - Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a 2-year-old Sycamore Township boy who died Monday after he was found unresponsive.
Anthony Pierson, 32, was arrested Wednesday for beating the toddler, James Lee Livesay, to death.
Pierson was the live-in boyfriend of the boy's mother.
Livesay was found unresponsive in a home at a residence at Village Green trailer park in the 7500 block of School Road Monday afternoon.
Hamilton County Job and Family Services spokesman Brian Gregg says the department had previous contact with the family. He says the department investigated a complaint last summer and determined the children were safe.
"At that time we took some action that we felt would protect the children. The mother and father of the children were not suspects in the abuse. They were both committed to protecting their children going forward so we felt that the children were safe at that point," Gregg said.
Gregg says his office had no other contact with the family until Monday's incident.
Three other children in the home, all girls ages 4, 5, and 7 are in the custody of a relative.
"We've taken some action last night to protect those children. The mother signed a voluntary agreement for them to stay with a relative," Gregg said.
A neighbor called 911 to report a woman was screaming around 2:45 p.m. Monday.
"I have a neighbor that's in need of an ambulance service. Can you send one over here?" the caller said.
The man called a few minutes later with additional details.
"I found out what the problem is. Her baby's not breathing or something," the man said.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported Livsay to Bethesda North Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Another neighbor called 911 to complain about fighting at the mobile home where the toddler was found.
"Send the cops and an ambulance or something because she's screaming and hollering," the caller said.
The caller said he saw the woman run outside and told the dispatcher that she had a bloody lip.
Other neighbors say the couple was often seen fighting.
"You could be sitting out here all the time and you just hear them fighting. They were out here throwing pots and pans once. I mean it is really disturbing but what else can you do around here," said neighbor Kyle Kelly.
Pierson is charged with one count of murder, and is currently being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center awaiting arraignment.
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