SUSPECTED SERIAL KILLER’S DAUGHTER, HER BOYFRIEND, CHARGED WITH HARMING THEIR BABY
EDWARDS CO.–Bethany Mendenhall, 20, daughter of suspected serial killer Bruce Mendenhall, and her boyfriend Randall White, 22, both of Albion, have been charged with injuring the couple’s young child.
Mendenhall has been charged with Endangering the Health of a Child, a misdemeanor, when on Dec. 20 she allowed her baby, MW, to be placed in the care of White, knowing that he was causing injuries to the baby.
White has been charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Battery of a Child when on that same day, he broke MW’s right upper arm.
Reports to Disclosure around Christmas time indicated that White had excused the incident saying that while driving, he’d had to lean over and in an abrupt move, keep MW in the baby’s car seat, and broke the baby’s arm in that manner.
However, apparently Edwards prosecutor Mike Valentine found out differently, and have charged the two subsequently.
Disclosure was told that the baby has been in protective custody and that White’s mother is attempting to obtain full custody of him, but that might be a stretch for the woman (we’re not saying why at this time.)
Bethany’s dad, Bruce Mendenhall, being held in a Tennessee prison awaiting multiple trials on multiple murder counts, is out of the picture; her mom, Linda, died a short time after his arrest and incarceration. The only other immediate family member she has is a sister, Bryna. There are relatives in both White County and Crawford County, from what we understand, but it’s unknown if any of them can care for the baby, who had been taken to a children’s hospital in St. Louis after the injuries.
A full report will be included in the print version, on stands next week (Jan. 11-13). In Edwards County you can pick up Disclosure at West Salem and Grayville Casey’s, Gone Bananas and Liquor Barn in Grayville, and Bruce Lee’s Garage in Albion.
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