2013 - December 2014
A Grave Memorial
Shawn Beckford called Police to let them
know that his children were missing, that their mother had taken them
and not let him know where she was. Dainesha Stevens, the 24 year old
mother of 14 month old Cameron and a six year old girl named Cheyenne,
told Police that she had left her son on someone's front porch because
she was no longer able to take care of him. The truth came out five
days later she told the truth and Police were lead to the place where
divers would find Cameron's body stuffed inside of a backpack.
It had only been two weeks since Dainesha had left the home of Shawn
Beckford and had been staying with a man named Kurt Flood. At some
point, Dainesha allowed an unnamed man to spank Cameron so hard that
skin actually peeled off of his bottom, this beating took place between
the day of December 21, 2014 and December 23, 2014. Cameron's body was
stuffed into a backpack and was found by divers in Big Walnut Creek on
December 31, 2014.
In January of 2015, a report came out saying that the Franklin County
Coroner had announced that Cameron had died of blunt force trauma and
his death was ruled a homicide. Dainesha Stevens was arrested and
charged with failing to protect her son when she allowed someone to
spank him the way she did and she had allowed it on more than one
In a court appearance, Mark Collins, Lawyer for Dainesha said:
"There's reasons why
she said what she said, but she's trying to do the
right thing and that's
what she did by helping yesterday and today"
Dainesha had asked for help to move to Ohio from Maryland with her two
children which she had legal custody of, she was given a buss pass and
food stamps from a local Protective Services Agency, this was after a
supposed fight between her and Shawn:
"I know they had ,
like, an argument on the 14th and that's why we think she went
to Ohio on the 15th"
Lt. Clark Pennington
December 27, 2014, Dainesha
had moved the body of her son so that it could not be found when she
reported her daughter missing, she made no mention of her son at all
when she called to report Cheyenne was missing. Dainesha had called and told Police that her
daughter Cheyenne was missing and that she had been taken by a friend
who had not disclosed the location where she had taken the child:
"But I haven't seen her
since Christmas Eve and I've been trying to get her
back from the people
and they won't tell me any information about her. They
wont even bring her
back to me"
Cheyenne was eventually found and she was doing well, she was taken
into protective custody by the Franklin County Children Services. Kurt
Flood had been arrested on charges unrelated to the disappearance of
Cameron and Police wanted to keep him there:
"It is our goal to keep
that man in custody pending further investigation by Police"
Prosecutor - Ron O'Brien
A missing child alert was eventually sent out for Cameron, it said that
he was wearing a puffy black coat, gray pants, black and red boots and
a gray elephant hat, he was described as black with brown eyes and a
Mohawk. Dainesha was originally arrested and charged with endangering
of her children and tampering with evidence, when he sons body was
found, her charges were upgraded and she was being held on $150,000.
bond and she was placed on suicide watch.
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