Missing Three Year Old
Detectives think that Aaron Cody Stepp may have been missing for nearly a year before his aunt and grandma reported him missing.
Aaron Cody Stepp, who went by Cody, was too young to understand the hardships that he had already endured. Cody's mom, Robyn Stepp, was arrested when Cody was just a few months old. She was sentenced to serve 17 months for two theft convictions.
Because Robyn was in jail, her sister, Mickey Stepp, got legal custody of the little boy. Also living with Mickey and Cody in their Columbus, Ohio home was Janice Stiles, Robyn and Mickey's mother. According to police, Mickey and Janice were not exactly doting caretakers. Police say that they used to give Cody away to different people for 2-3 weeks at a time, just so they could have a break from the child.
On March 11, 1997, Mickey and Janice called the police to report little Cody missing. Mickey had gone grocery shopping, and said that she thought Janice was watching Cody. But Janice said she thought that Cody went with Mickey. And both claimed that the last time they remembered seeing him was playing in their neighbor's backyard.