By Ed Runyan
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has agreed to conduct an independent review of the visitation policies of the Trumbull County Children Services Board after allegations that a Warren couple raped a 1-year-old child they were visiting at the facility in July.
Nick Kerosky, executive director of CSB, said in a press release that CSB asked Ohio Job and Family Services to conduct the review.
Cody Beemer, 22, and his wife, Felicia Beemer, 21, both of Austin Avenue Southwest, were indicted Thursday on rape charges that could result in each of them getting a life prison sentence.
They are accused of performing sex acts on their 12-month-old child during a visitation at CSB, 2282 Reeves Road NE.
They also were indicted on charges of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, which carries a penalty of up to eight years in prison, and gross sexual imposition, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
The allegations came to light because family members told police about a cellphone video the couple recorded while purportedly committing the crimes.
“Trumbull County Children Services is shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy,” Kerosky said in the press release.
“We are cooperating with the prosecutor’s office on the criminal investigation. Beyond that, this agency will follow the recommendation of the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office and will not comment on a current criminal investigation and prosecution.”
Kerosky has refused to discuss details of the visitation, such as how much staff supervision took place during the visit.
“After the criminal cases are completed and the review conducted, Trumbull County Children Services welcomes the opportunity to share a full accounting, as permitted by law, to the public.”