Father accused of abusing son is indicted on murder charges

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A father accused of abusing his 10-year-old son, who died last year, is now facing murder charges in a new indictment that also brings more counts against his girlfriend.

Al-Mutahan McLean, 31, faces four counts of murder, two counts of child endangerment and single counts of involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping in the indictment handed up Wednesday by a Montgomery County grand jury. He also faces felonious assault and rape charges that he had pleaded not guilty to last December, shortly after the death of his son Takoda Collins.

The boy died after he was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital because he was unresponsive. His body was cut and bruised, and he had apparently been locked in a dirty attic and held under water before he died, authorities have alleged in court documents.

McLean could face life in prison without parole if convicted, but prosecutors said Wednesday he is not eligible for the death penalty. A judge had ruled in March that he was competent to stand trial after McClean had entered a motion in court in January seeking an evaluation of his mental state.

McLean’s girlfriend, 29-year-old Amanda Hinze faces four counts of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of child endangerment and a kidnapping charge in the new indictment. She already was charged with four additional counts of child endangerment.

Hinze’s lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.

County prosecutors also announced Wednesday that Hinze’s sister, Jennifer Ebert, pleaded guilty in May to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment counts. She has not yet been sentenced.

Prosecutors declined comment on Ebert’s case because it’s sealed from the public.