Kinsley Kinner's mother gives birth to baby boy

Posted at 10:45 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 23:00:38-05

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio -- A woman charged in connection with her 2-year-old daughter's death has given birth to a baby boy.

Maj. Mike Craft of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office said Rebekah Kinner delivered the child Monday afternoon.

Kinner was pregnant when she was arrested in December after daughter Kinsley died at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Butler County law enforcement officials allege the toddler suffered abuse at the hands of Kinner's boyfriend, Bradley Young. 

Documents obtained by the Journal-News state Kinsley suffered "contusions across her head and body, subdural hemorrhage, cerebral edema and diffused bilateral retinal hemorrhages, which ultimately caused her death."

Young pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, two counts of endangering children and involuntary manslaughter. Kinner has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, endangering children and permitting child abuse.

Kinner's attorney, Kyle Rapier, told WCPO his client gave testimony to a Butler County grand jury because she wants justice to be served, even if it hurts her own case.

"It's being spun that she was just standing there and did nothing, and that's not her side at all," Rapier said.

Kinner's "biggest concern is to represent her daughter's best interest," Rapier said. He acknowledged it's unusual for a defendant to testify before a grand jury, "but from my conversations with her, she is not concerned about self-preservation."

Kinsley's father, Scott Senft, told WCPO he is also the father of Rebekah Kinner's newborn baby boy. He said he'd petition for custody and name the child Kingsley in honor of Kinsley.