"That surprised me because I see her take groceries in all the time," a neighbor said. "I just wish she would have asked for help because we were here for her."
A mother and great-grandmother in Ohio face various criminal charges after allegedly starving three young children nearly to death.
Hannah Johnson, 26, stands accused of six counts of endangering children and three counts of kidnapping; Dianna Johnson, 72, stands accused of three counts of endangering children, according to Hamilton County court records reviewed by Law&Crime.
The two women were arrested at a residence on Halsey Avenue in the Sedamsville neighborhood of Cincinnati – a small but historically significant community located among the western reaches of the city along the Ohio River — earlier this month.
The underlying incidents began in April 2016, court documents allege. Several alleged incidents occurred again in June 2017, April 2019, and June of this year. Both defendants were indicted on Sept. 7. Hannah Johnson was arrested a week later, according to court records. Her paternal grandmother was arrested the next day.
The results of the allegedly combined neglect and starvation regime at the house on Halsey were the “near-fatalities” of children aged 4, 6, and 7, the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office said in comments reported by Newport, Kentucky-based Fox affiliate WXIX – which serves the broader Cincinnati metropolitan area.