The mother of a 14-month-old boy who was reportedly abandoned at a home on the far east side of Columbus last Friday has been charged with child endangering.
According to court records, Dainesha J. Stevens, 24, is charged with child endangering and tampering with evidence.
Columbus police said they are searching for 14-month-old Cameron S. Beckford, of Frederick, Maryland.
According to police, the boy was with his mother and sister, visiting in Columbus, when his father reported him missing.
Frederick police said the father of Cameron and the boy’s 6-year-old sister, Cheyenne, called police on Sunday and reported that Stevens had taken them to an unknown location in Columbus earlier this month. Based on the father’s concerns, missing persons reports were issued.
A Frederick detective located a possible address where the mother may have been visiting. During the course of the investigation, Columbus police were able to locate Cheyenne and Stevens, police said.
Investigators said Stevens said that she could not care for him and left him on a stranger’s front porch in a housing development near Brice Road and Livingston Avenue.
Police said Stevens told officers she last saw the boy on Dec. 26 at about 8 p.m. when she abandoned him.
Crews began searching the area of Big Walnut Park behind Walnut Ridge High School on East Livingston Avenue before 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Columbus police spokesman, said Tuesday that officers on foot were searching near a creek along with a dive team and helicopter. He wouldn’t say what evidence, if any, led officers to the creek, which is about 2 1/2 miles from the home where the mother said she left the child.
Weiner said Tuesday afternoon that the search has turned into a recovery mission.
Stevens and and a man she was with are in custody. Police say she had legal custody of both children.
Beckford is described as a black male of average height for his age, 23 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. His hair is in a mohawk style.
He was last seen wearing a gray elephant hat, blue and white striped long-sleeved shirt, gray pants, black and red Spiderman boots, and a black puffy coat with a red interior.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 614-645-4624.
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