Great news on the story I covered over the last two episodes of the podcast!
According to Tammy Risen, the paternal grandmother of Averylee Hobbs, an appeal filed on behalf of now-29-year-old Britney Mayes immediately after her sentencing in January of 2020 was denied on February 3, 2021.
Britney pleaded guilty to aggravated murder of her four-year-old daughter, Avery, who died on August 1, 2016 after three days on life support. Britney called 911 on July 29, 2016, claiming her daughter did not have a pulse and was not breathing after she placed the little girl in the bathtub because she was hot. Britney, her daughter, and Britney’s husband, Charles Mayes III, lived in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Britney was previously convicted in 2012 of fracturing three-week-old Avery’s skull in another bathtub in October of 2011; she subsequently spent six months in prison, during which Tammy and her husband, Jonathan Risen, cared for Avery in their home under a kinship guardianship.
After she was released, Britney fought for custody of the daughter she injured. Multiple members of Avery’s paternal family petitioned for custody of Avery over the four years between Britney’s release and Avery’s death, and countless allegations of abuse and unexplained injuries during her mother’s visitations were reported to the Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services (JFS). Avery herself reported to her caseworker, her guardian ad litem, and her therapist that she was being physically and sexually abused, but the bright, articulate young child was accused of being a liar, and her paternal grandmother was accused of coaching her to speak against her mother.
Nonetheless, Britney regained custody of Avery in 2015. A little over a year later, tragically but predictably, Avery died at the hands of her abuser.
For the full depth and extent of the fuckery involved in this case, please read my blog post or listen to part 1 and part 2 of my podcast coverage. It is beyond belief how many people failed Avery despite their singular job being to protect the children under their protective umbrella.
I’m sure this is not the last appeal we’ll see from Britney, whose sentence was also modified this week from a sentence of twenty years to life in the Ohio Department of Corrections to life with the possibility of parole after 20 consecutive years. Britney’s first parole hearing will take place in June of 2036, and, undoubtedly, Avery’s paternal family will attend to ensure the manipulative, narcissistic pathological liar is never released from prison.
Click here for my ongoing coverage of Avery’s story.
Sources: D.E.A.R. Developing Essential Advocate Restoration for Abused Children Facebook group, Hamilton County (Ohio) Clerk of Courts web portal