STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – A Struthers couple accused in an abuse case involving a 5-year-old girl appeared in Struthers Municipal Court Wednesday.
The victim’s mother, Lisa Marenkovic, 27, and her boyfriend, Beau Geidner, also 27, are facing felony child endangering charges.
Police say Geidner beat Marenkovic’s daughter, leaving the girl badly bruised on her back, face and legs. Investigators said Marenkovic, who has a history of drug abuse, did nothing to stop it.
Giedner said the home he lives in with Marenkovic is owned by his mother. Marenkovic told Judge James R. Lanzo, “I just live. I don’t have a job.”
The two were arrested Monday after police broke into Giedner’s Fourth Street home and took custody of the child.
Police were alerted by Struthers Elementary School officials that the girl may be living in dangerous circumstances. She had not been to school for several days, and staff noticed previously that the girl had visible bruising on her body.
When police entered the house, they located the girl who they said appeared malnourished. Police also noted the girl had bruising on her body. She was immediately taken to Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman for an evaluation.
Most of Marenkovic’s neighbors said they had no idea there were problems inside the Fourth Street home, but one neighbor did say she called police after hearing screaming there.
Police records show a half dozen calls to the house since 2013 — two coming from Geidner’s girlfriend at the time who refused to press charges. Two other calls were made in March of last year involving fights between Geidner and Marenkovic, in which Marenkovic told police they weren’t needed.
Court records show Geidner is no stranger to the courts, with recent convictions for theft and drugs — both cases leading to probation violations when he failed to pay his fines and perform community service. In Struthers, there are nearly two dozen entries on Geidner’s record since 2007, including a domestic violence and drug conviction in 2014.
While Marenkovic’s daughter remains in the hospital, a hearing was held in Juvenile Court on Wednesday to decide future custody for the girl. In the meantime, Marenkovic and Geidner will remain in jail until their court appearance next week.