Charges upgraded for couple after death of Cincinnati toddler

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BUTLER COUNTY – A man’s charges have been upgraded to murder following the death of a Cincinnati toddler. He is accused of beating his girlfriend’s daughter so severely that she was on life support for several hours before dying Thursday night.

Rebecca Ashton Kinner, 23, left. Bradley Dean Young, 27, right. Courtesy Butler County Sheriff.

Rebecca Ashton Kinner, 23, left. Bradley Dean Young, 27, right. Courtesy Butler County Sheriff.

Bradley Young, 26, is currently being held with bond for the child’s death. He was initially charged with felonious assault before the child passed away.

23-year-old Rebecca Ashton Kinner, the child’s mother, was charged with felony permitting child abuse and is also being held without bond.

Kinsley’s father posted the sad update on his Facebook page shortly after she passed away Thursday night.

“Medical staff advised (the girl) had no brain activity and was on a ventilator,” the criminal complaint states. “Rebecca Kinner stated that she watched her boyfriend (Brad Young) shook and punched her two-year-old daughter in the head multiple times the day before she stopped breathing. Rebecca made no attempt to come to her defense.”

First responders were called to the home around 6 a.m. Wednesday for an unconscious child. Kinsley was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

“I am beside myself,” the sheriff said.  “I have met some truly, sick people in my career, people who have done terrible things and this, I can’t even begin to grasp.  I am going to work closely with the Butler County Prosecutors Office to seek the highest punishment possible for the people who did this.”

The hashtag #PrayForKinsley has been on social media throughout the day Thursday and Kinsley’s father, Scott Senft, posted updates about her on his Facebook page.

There is also a GoFundMe to raise money for Kinsley’s funeral costs.