CINCINNATI — The overdose death of a mother of nine in Ohio spurred police to appeal to the community for donations of coats and toys for the family.
Jimeta Sanders, 31, died on Wednesday in Middletown, Ohio while her husband was at work, and cops responding at the scene found her nine children, ages one to 14, alone with the body.
The girls are 14, five, three and one. The boys are 13, 11, 10, six and two.
Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said dispatchers and other personnel working on the case were torn up after being called to the family’s home Wednesday night after the mother overdosed.
“It has disturbed us so much that it’s time for us to make a difference. Their father is a hard worker, he has tried to make ends meet but it’s a vicious cycle,” police said.
Authorities say two men have been arrested in connection with the woman’s death.
Police say the two men stole the woman’s money and told the kids they were leaving to go buy soda, leaving the woman to die as the children watched. The kids range in age from 14 to 1.
Jim Boyer, 63, and his son Keith Boyer, 32, were arrested Friday afternoon after warrants were issued earlier in the day. They’ve been charged with tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse and petty theft.
Middleton police made a plea on Facebook for donations of clothing, coats, blankets, food, a stove, a refrigerator, even ornaments for the Christmas tree, and toys.
Muterspaw said all the items and about $16,000 were donated within a few hours.