Mother and two sons beat father of five to death in home invasion


A Cleveland mother and her two sons have been charged with murder after police say they beat a man to death after breaking into his home.

Holly Hentges, 41, Nicholas Franklin, 21, and his 16-year-old brother were arrested by US Marshals on Thursday in connection to a June 18 home invasion that resulted in the death of Charles Foster.

Foster, a father-of-five and a grandfather, would have celebrated his 50th birthday on July 4.

Holly Hentges, 41   Nicholas Franklin, 21

Beaten to death: Charles Foster, a father-of-five, was found mortally wounded at his home after a break-in on June 18

The victim worked as a welder and lived about a mile from Hentges and her sons.

According to police, shortly before midnight on June 18, the woman and the two young men forced their way into Foster’s home in the 3100 block of West 97th Street and attacked him.

As has reported, officers who responded to the scene found the 49-year-old man lying unresponsive in a pool of blood. He was taken to MetroHealth System, where he later died.

An autopsy determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma, and Foster’s death was ruled a homicide. No motive for the killing was given.

Foster’s fiancee initially told investigators that he was ambushed by someone on his way home from a gas station.

All three suspects in the killing have been charged with aggravated murder.

Hentges’ younger son, who has not been named, is also charged in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court with aggravated burglary and kidnapping.

Foster leaves behind two sons, three daughters and two grandchildren, with a third on the way   He would have turned 50 on July 4

Holly Hentges has a past criminal record that includes a 2002 conviction for endangering children for allowing a man living in her home to sell crack cocaine near a child.

Her rap sheet also includes convictions for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and for allowing her underage children to stay out past curfew.

Her eldest son, Franklin, has a juvenile record that includes convictions for drug possession and assault.

According to his obituary, Foster leaves behind two sons, three daughters and two grandchildren, with a third on the way.

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