Mother charged in death of her 1-year-old son


CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The shock of a little boy’s death has been replaced by the disbelief of who investigators say is responsible.

Hoss Wayne Benham had his whole life ahead of him.

In a split second, that all changed.

Investigators believe Benham’s own mother and her boyfriend are the one’s responsible.

Crystal Ballenger, 23, and Jeffery Brown are now both charged with aggravated child abuse.

They claim the 1-year -old toddler accidentally drowned in the bathtub on March 11.

Investigators are waiting on autopsy results.

They do say the boy had multiple bruises on his body that were in different phases of healing and his skull was fractured.

Benham’s funeral was Monday. He was pronounced dead on his first birthday.

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