Grandmother appears in court in murder of five year old boy

Published: Sep. 20, 2019 at 10:21 AM EDT
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A Toledo woman who admitted to striking a 5-year-old child and not calling 911 until the following day appeared in Toledo Municipal Court on Monday. Yisenya Flores faces murder charges after her 5-year-old grandson died at a Toledo hospital last week.

Bond was set at $500,000 and a preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday.

The coroner says 5-year-old Anjuan M. Hare III died from multiple traumatic blunt force injuries. His death has been ruled a homicide.

According to court documents, Flores was initially charged with child endangerment in the September 19th incident. That charge was subsequently increased.

On September 19th, Toledo Fire responded to a call of an unconscious baby that had fallen off a bed. The grandmother claims the boy jumped from a box spring mattress laying on its side onto a carpeted floor and hurt himself. Medics administered life-saving measures and transported the five-year-old child to Toledo Hospital where he later died. According to court documents, staff members at the hospital informed investigators that the injuries were not consistent with a fall from a bed.

Police interviewed Flores who admitted to striking the child on the night of the 18th. Court documents state that Flores said she noticed the child was lethargic and semi-unresponsive but did not call 9-1-1 until after 6:30 PM the following evening.

The coroner says there is evidence of Battered Child Syndrome which means the child had older healing injuries and abuse was ongoing.