CRIME

Mom who says she left missing Maryland toddler on stranger's porch set for arraignment in Ohio

  • Cameron Beckford is seen in an undated photo provided by the Frederick, Md. Police Department. The mother accused of abandoning 14-month-old Cameron Beckford on the front porch of a stranger's home in Columbus, Ohio is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, on a child endangerment charge. Dainesha Stevens admitted she and a male acquaintance left Cameron, last Friday, Dec. 26, because they could no longer care for the child. (AP Photo/Frederick, Md. Police Department)

    Cameron Beckford is seen in an undated photo provided by the Frederick, Md. Police Department. The mother accused of abandoning 14-month-old Cameron Beckford on the front porch of a stranger's home in Columbus, Ohio is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, on a child endangerment charge. Dainesha Stevens admitted she and a male acquaintance left Cameron, last Friday, Dec. 26, because they could no longer care for the child. (AP Photo/Frederick, Md. Police Department)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dainesha Stevens, center, listens during a court appearance where a judge sent a $150,000 bond on endangering children and tampering evidence charges, as her lawyer, Mark Collins, left, answers a question, on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. The charges are related to the disappearance of Stevens' 14-month-old son, Cameron Beckford, whose body was found in a creek Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

    Dainesha Stevens, center, listens during a court appearance where a judge sent a $150,000 bond on endangering children and tampering evidence charges, as her lawyer, Mark Collins, left, answers a question, on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. The charges are related to the disappearance of Stevens' 14-month-old son, Cameron Beckford, whose body was found in a creek Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)  (The Associated Press)

A mother accused of abandoning a 14-month-old Maryland boy on the front porch of a stranger's home in central Ohio is scheduled to be arraigned on a child endangerment charge as police searching for him warn he may be dead.

Columbus officers searched Tuesday near a creek with a dive team and helicopter after Dainesha Stevens admitted she and a male acquaintance left the boy, Cameron Beckford, last Friday because they could no longer care for him.

Stevens is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Franklin County Municipal Court on two felonies, including tampering with evidence. Online court records list no attorney for her.

A missing-child alert was issued after the boy's father told Maryland police the mother had taken Cameron and his 6-year-old sister to an unknown location in mid-December.