A mother and her boyfriend were behind bars on Thursday after being charged with felony child endangering.
Tabitha Marie Raver and David Ray Scott Jr. are charged in connection with the death of 4-year-old Kendrick Breece.
Mount Vernon police said that they received an emergency call on Sunday about an unresponsive boy.
The 4-year-old was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, where investigators said that the boy died.
According to a 911 call placed by the boy's mother Sunday, the boy fell down a set of stairs on Saturday.
During the call to 911, the mother said that he fell down the stairs twice Saturday, but that he was OK, until Sunday when he stopped breathing.
Vikki Schoffner, the boy’s great aunt, said that her nephew had been surrounded by family members who loved him.
“Tabitha and Kendrick had a good relationship,” Schoffner said. “She had a good relationship with all of her children.”
Raver’s friend, Shirrah Moore, said that Raver and her boyfriend lived with her for a while. During that time, she tried to get the children help.
“I called children services,” Moore said. “She wasn’t feeding the kids the right way, she wasn’t bathing them, I was bathing them. I was having constant conversations with her that you have to do certain things to make sure they are OK.”
Schoffner said that other family members contacted children services, too.
She said she hoped family members could honor Kendrick’s memory.
“He was a precious treasure, so precious,” Shoffner said. “We are grateful to have had time with him.”
The cause of the young boy's death was not immediately determined.
The Franklin County Coroner's Office was handling the autopsy.
Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Knox County Sheriff Detective Tom Bumpus at (740)393-6800 or Mount Vernon Police Detective Craig Fenney at (740)393-9536.
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