More charges filed in child endangering case

By Kristin Bednarski
Sun staff

More information is coming to light in a child endangering investigation that led to the arrest of two Batavia women at the end of March.

On April 17, Alexsis Sexton, 19, of Batavia, was indicted by a Clermont County Grand Jury and charged with felonious assault and two counts of child endangering.

Clermont County Prosecutor Vince Faris said the second indictment on April 17 was related to medical reports received from Children’s Hospital about an additional child involved in the case, and additional evidence.

According to a release from Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, the additional victim in the case is a 2-year-old girl who suffered three fractured fingers while in Sexton’s care.

The incident with the 2-year-old girl occurred at the same time as the injuries of a 14-month-old boy who was brought to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital March 27 with a head injury.

According to an earlier release from Sheriff Rodenberg, staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital contacted the sheriff’s office about the 14-month-old boy. Staff at the hospital reported that the injuries the child suffered were inconsistent with the mother’s explanation of how the injuries were received.

Sheriff Rodenberg said in a press release that Clermont County Sheriff’s Office met with the mother of the child, Victoria Gans, 19, of Batavia, at Children’s Hospital to discuss the injuries that her child had and the events leading up to taking the child to the hospital.

Police determined that the child was injured in Gans’ home, 500 University Lane, Apartment 104 in Batavia on March 26.

“Gans denied being at the residence at the time the child was injured and denied knowing who caused the injuries,” Rodenberg said.

He said Gans left the child in the custody of two adults she knew for approximately four hours when she left her home March 26.

Gans was arrested and charged with one count of endangering children, a third degree felony.

On March 29, Alexsis Sexton was arrested and charged with two counts of endangering children, a second degree and third degree felony.

“Sexton was identified as the individual who caused the injuries to the 14-month-old child she was babysitting,” Sheriff Rodenberg said in a release.

Sheriff Rodenberg said the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office would handle the case from there.

Sexton remains in Clermont County Jail. She is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing 8:30 a.m. May 1 in front of Clermont County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Herman.