Parents of 2-year-old girl who was tortured, starved to death face death penalty

Parents of 2-year-old girl who was tortured, starved to death face death penalty
Image: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

When 2-year-old Glenara Bates was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center last month, she had more than 100 wounds to her body, officials said. She weighed only 13 pounds.

Hamilton County’s prosecutor said child protective officials “dropped the ball” in the case of Glenara and her siblings – and county Department of Job and Family Services officials acknowledged missteps.

Glenara had broken teeth, bite marks, and numerous lacerations as well as marks from being whipped with a belt, officials said Wednesday at a news conference announcing murder charges against her parents.

They face the death penalty.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that his child was tortured for most of her … pitifully short life,” said Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco. “She was, literally, skin over bones.”

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