BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio -- The cowboy-themed nursery was all for naught: Scott Senft is not the father of Rebekah Kinner's baby boy after all.
Senft -- whose daughter with Kinner died in December after suffering what prosecutors allege was "excessive physical discipline" -- said he wanted custody of the newborn, believing it was his child. Senft was so confident he even decorated a nursery for the boy, complete with a mounted animal's head over the crib, a lasso and the words "Cowboy Up" spelled out of the wall.
Kyle Rapier, Rebekah Kinner's attorney, said Kinner was ending a relationship with Senft and had a brief relationship with a friend before she found out she was pregnant.
She gave birth Monday and named the 8-pound, 5-ounce boy Wyatt Matthew Kinner, Rapier said. Senft wanted to name the boy Kingsley, in honor of his and Kinner's late daughter, Kinsley.
“We will be getting a name change. I will have the baby by the end of the week,” Senft told WCPO media partner the Journal-News.
But by late Thursday, that had all changed: Senft posted on Facebook that he learned he was not the newborn's father.
Rebekah Kinner and her boyfriend, Bradley Young, have been indicted in connection with Kinsley's death. The 2-year-old was not breathing when she was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center the morning of Dec. 2; Senft said his daughter had been on life support and met criteria to be declared brain dead in the state of Ohio. She died late the next day.
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Kinsley suffered "contusions across her head and body, subdural hemorrhage, cerebral edema and diffused bilateral retinal hemorrhages, which ultimately caused her death," according to court documents obtained by the Journal-News.
Butler County prosecutors accuse Rebekah Kinner of doing nothing to stop the abuse they allege Young inflicted on her child, something Kinner's attorney disputes.
"It's being spun that she was just standing there and did nothing, and that's not her side at all," Rapier said.
Young pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, two counts of endangering children and involuntary manslaughter.
Kinner pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, endangering children and permitting child abuse.