Father who used shock collar on child to be re-sentenced
Court says the state improperly tried to influence sentence.
By Cornelius Frolik, Staff Writer
AM Thursday, September 29, 2011
The 2nd District Court of Appeals of Ohio has ordered that a Paintersville man
— who admitted he held his children underwater until they ran out of breath and forced them to wear dog shock
collars as punishment — must be re-sentenced because the state improperly tried to influence his original sentence.
David O. Liskany, 42, was sentenced to 16 years in prison in January 2009 after he pleaded guilty to two counts of
felonious assault and one count of attempted felonious assault for abusing his three children.
the sentence on the grounds that his legal representation was ineffective, the sentence was the result of a misrepresentation
of the state’s recommendation, and the state reneged on its plea agreement because of a letter sent to Campbell by county
sheriff’s Capt. Eric Spicer.
In the letter, Spicer said Liskany was a “dangerous serial child abuser”
whose actions were the worst case of “systematic mind control and physical abuse from a parent upon their own child,”
according to court records.
The abuse was discovered after one of Liskany’s sons walked nearly 20
miles over two days to a relative’s home to escape Liskany, authorities said.
The appellate court
determined that two of Liskany’s legal arguments in his appeal were without merit, but the court ruled that because
Spicer is an “agent of the state,” his letter was an improper attempt to influence the sentencing by breaking
the state’s promise to recommend a sentence of four years or less.
Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller
said the trial court has been ordered to re-sentence Liskany without considering Spicer’s letter, even though there
is no evidence the letter had any influence over Campbell’s decision. Haller said his office continues to recommend
a prison term of four or fewer years.
Haller said his office was unaware of Spicer’s letter until the appeals
process. He said his office is planning to craft a policy about how law enforcement and others can write letters to the court.
“On one hand, I think law enforcement needs to have a voice,” he said. “But on the other hand, I
understand the position that the state speaks with one voice.”
John H. Rion, Liskany’s attorney, said
his client’s case was mishandled, and the sentence of 16 years was shocking considering the state’s recommendation.
“Our objective was to get the sentencing reversed because we felt that it was harsh and comparatively different
than typical sentences passed out throughout the state for similar situations,” he said.
Quindell Sherman is taken into custody after officers found
him hiding in a trash can.
Infant Boy Slammed To Ground, Killed; Father Charged
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 5:54 AM
Ohio — A man will face murder charges after police said he slammed his infant son down on the ground several
times, killing him.
It happened Tuesday at about 9:45 p.m. during a domestic
dispute in the 1100 block of East 16th Avenue, 10TV's Maureen Kocot reported.
man involved in the domestic dispute ended up grabbing the young child and during the course of the dispute, according to
witness statements, he threw the young child to the ground," said Columbus police Det. James Day.
Witnesses said that after Quindell Sherman, 20, slammed his 3-month-old son on the ground he grabbed the child and
ran down the street, police said.
Officers apprehended Sherman about a block away, where he was
found hiding in a trash can, Kocot reported.
The boy was found with Sherman and transported
to Nationwide Children's Hospital, where he later died of his injuries, investigators said.
neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said she wishes she could forget what happened.
I looked around I saw him grab the baby, probably for the second time, and toss the baby on the pavers over there on the road,"
she said. "Head first and then dangle the baby with one arm in the air."
A 5-year-old boy is
dead and his cause of death is suspected abuse.
Abuse is suspected as the cause
of death for a 5-year-old Marion boy.
Damien Baker, 5, was hospitalized on Sept. 10 with life-threatening injuries.
boy's mother's boyfriend, 35-year-old Michael Brown, was watching him at Crescent Heights Apartments while his mother went to work.
Sept. 17, Brown was arrested and charged with felonious assault and child endangering.
American Fritzl? Father 'raped one of
his daughters repeatedly and kept another locked in a tiny room for a year'
By Paul Thompson
Last updated at 11:31 AM on 7th September 2010
Accused: Jeffrey York is charged with abusing his
family for up to 15 years
An American father has been accused of raping one of his daughters repeatedly and keeping
another one locked in a tiny room for over a year.
Jeffrey York is said to have ruled his home with fear and stopped
his wife and seven children from seeing any friends and family.
The alleged abuse was discovered in December after York's
wife Danita told police he had raped one of their daughters at their home in Madison Township, Ohio.
She told authorities
that they were all physically and mentally abused for years.
When police arrived at the home, she told them that she
and the seven children wanted to leave.
The children, two boys and five girls, range in age from three months to 19
York has now been charged with 19 offences ranging from rape to gross sexual conduct and child abuse.
arrest has echoes of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian father who kept his daughter Elisabeth locked in an hidden room for years
and repeatedly raped her.
Shocked U.S. investigators claimed that one of the girls had been kept locked in a room no
bigger than a wardrobe for a year.
Her sisters told investigators that she was only allowed out to use the toilet and had little access
to food or clothing.
Detective Dan Boerner said: 'Imagine an 8x10 bedroom being cut down into thirds with two-thirds
being storage, one-third being made available for living space.
'This went on for a year where
this child was locked in the room, periodically let out to use the restroom, but in general, meals were brought to this child.
'Access to clothing, the restroom and everything was restricted by York.'
Detectives said they
found that one of the girls, aged under 13, had been repeatedly raped.
The family were taken to a shelter for abused
women where trained counsellors were able to find out the details of the horrific living conditions allegedly imposed by 47-year-old
'The family appears to have been cut off from the world completely,' said Detective Boerner.
not a cult, but they had no real support system and no way for the mother to leave.
'There were no friends
to speak of. The abuse was constant.
'When the defendant would leave the house, he would always take one
of the kids with him. There would always be that fear of the "what if".'
York has denied all charges
but is being held in jail on £160,000 bond.
charged with murder in baby's death
By Associated Press
POSTED: 02:02 p.m. EDT, Aug 03, 2010
TROY, OHIO: A murder charge has
been filed against the father of an 8-month-old infant who Ohio authorities say died from multiple injuries and appeared to
have adult bite marks.
Miami County Prosecutor Gary Nasal said Tuesday he charged Jason Durig with one count of murder
and a felony charge of child endangering in the death of Caleb Durig.
The prosecutor says the boy's mother, Tara
Durig, was charged with permitting child abuse.
The couple from Troy have been in jail since their arrests on July
26, the day police responded to a 911 call from the parents and found the baby dead. Court records do not list attorneys for
A county coroner ruled the death a homicide, saying the infant died from multiple blunt force trauma.
TROY, OHIO: A murder charge has been
filed against the father of an 8-month-old infant who Ohio authorities say died from multiple injuries and appeared to have
adult bite marks.
Miami County Prosecutor Gary Nasal said Tuesday he charged Jason Durig with one
count of murder and a felony charge of child endangering in the death of Caleb Durig.
says the boy's mother, Tara Durig, was charged with permitting child abuse.
The couple from Troy
have been in jail since their arrests on July 26, the day police responded to a 911 call from the parents and found the baby
dead. Court records do not list attorneys for the Durigs.
A county coroner ruled the death a homicide,
saying the infant died from multiple blunt force trauma.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutors
are calling it the worst case of child abuse they have ever seen.
Investigators say Andreia Huffman
and her husband, Jason Dunikowski, from Slavic Township, abused their nine children inside their home and left an 8-year-old
boy hog-tied underneath a table at night.
The boy was not allowed to attend school and suffered numerous broken
noses after having his face smashed into the wall.
The torturous acts finally came to an end when the boy's
brother called Cleveland's Child Abuse Hotline.
"I think it would be a disservice to call these parents
animals because animals, quite frankly, treat their offspring much better," said Mike O'Malley, Assistant Prosecutor.
A Cuyahoga County grand jury returned a 196 count indictment against the couple, charging them with multiple counts
of kidnapping, child endangering and felonious assault.
They are currently being held in the county jail, and their
children are in foster care.
- In Cleveland, Ohio, 37-year-old Talthina
Jackson is accused in the horrific torture of her two teenaged sons. The abuse began when she found her 15-year-old son using
her computer in her bedroom. Accusing the boy of stealing from her, Jackson repeatedly beat and choked the boy.
After the son ran to neighbors, police entered the hellish household where they uncovered even worse abuse
perpetrated by Jackson on her 14-year-old son. According to investigators, Jackson locked her younger son in his room and
forced him to eat feces and vomit - his own and the family's cat.
is free on a $35,000 bond and is due back in court this week.
|4/11/2010 8:00:00 AM || |
|Coonrod could face death penalty|
By MEREDITH CREEK
Brown News Service
father of two children killed in a house fire last month in Greenfield was indicted Tuesday by a Highland County Common Pleas
Court grand jury on seven counts including two counts of aggravated murder with specifications, which are capital offenses.
According to court documents, Wesley Coonrod Sr., 42, was also indicted on one count
of aggravated arson, a second-degree felony; two counts of murder, unclassified felonies; two counts of child endangering,
The maximum penalty for the aggravated murder charges is the death
penalty, Highland County Prosecutor Jim Grandey confirmed.
Coonrod was arrested following
the fire and initially charged with two felony counts of child endangerment after his sons Thomas, 4, and Stephen, 3, perished
in the blaze that occurred March 7 at 150 A Lafayette St., Apartment A, in Greenfield.
Police Chief Tim Hester previously told the Brown News Service that the charges were based on the fact that Coonrod was “very
intoxicated” when officers arrived at the scene of the fire.
Coonrod appeared for
a preliminary hearing March 15 in Highland County Court and is being held in the Highland County Justice Center on a $1 million
Details emerge in baby’s case
Grand jury indicts man on 7 felony counts including murder
By Kate York, email@example.com
POSTED: March 31, 2010
The former Washington County resident indicted Tuesday for allegedly killing his newborn
daughter apparently tried several times to induce a miscarriage before the child was born.
Landon C. Evans, 26,
who lived most recently in Lake County, Fla., and is now incarcerated at the Washington County Jail, was indicted by a Washington
County Grand Jury on seven felony counts related to the June 2008 killing, including aggravated murder, unlawful sexual
conduct with a minor, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Evans is accused of having
a sexual relationship with an underage girl that resulted in a pregnancy, helping deliver the baby at a Marietta motel
and then killing the infant and burning the body.
Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin
Rings said Tuesday that Evans wanted to kill the baby to cover up the sex crime and had tried on several occasions to terminate
"At one time he had the (15-year-old) girl stand up and he struck her as violently
as he could in the stomach repeatedly," said Rings. "He also checked on the Internet to find herbs that
could be taken that might lead to a spontaneous miscarriage."
Investigators believe Evans ultimately smothered
the baby after she was born. The child was first buried, but later exhumed and burned in a remote location, all due
to concern about DNA testing, said Rings.
"He was concerned about the body being available for DNA testing
and being found to be the father," said Rings. "After they buried it, he was then concerned that someone had seen
them or that the body might not stay covered and it could still be tested so they... built a campfire and burned it."
Evans, one of 24 people to be indicted Tuesday, is expected to be arraigned on the charges April 7. He potentially
faces the death penalty for the crimes but prosecutors have not said yet whether that will be pursued.
person has been charged in the case in Washington County Juvenile Court but the name and charge has not been released.
The investigation into the murder began in December when the baby's mother, now 18 and incarcerated at the Washington
County Juvenile Center on unrelated charges, told authorities about the death.
Man who murdered infant daughter sentenced
Lauren Pack, Staff Writer
Updated 1:26 PM Monday, February 22, 2010
HAMILTON — A Hamilton father found
convicted of killing his infant daughter has been sentenced to 23 year to life in prison.
sentence was handed down today, Feb 22 by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Oney, who told Vincent Blanda
he has shown no remorse for his actions and, in fact, blamed others for his daughter’s death.
has blamed everyone for the death of his daughter,” Oney said, minutes before she sentenced Blanda about 10:45 a.m.
She added Blanda told the probation department a teen in the home caused the injuries.
Blanda, 39, shackled and
handcuffed, stood emotionless with his defense attorney Jeremy Evans. He remained without expression as his ex-wife sobbed
when she told the judge about losing her daughter.
Blanda has been in jail since March 2008, when his daughter
Brooklyn died in the hospital after suffering inner-cranial hemorrhage while in his care.
Vanscyoc, who testified during the three-day trial, said “Vincent Blanda took the life of my new 5-month-old daughter.”
Vanscyoc said Blanda has continued to make her life miserable by calling and writing to Children Services
and others in an attempt to disrupt her life.
“He took a beautiful life your honor and he doesn’t
deserve anything but to spend the rest of his life in prison,” Vanscyoc said.
Evans argued the child endangering
charges should be merged with the murder charge for sentencing, citing an appeals court decision.
Evan’s motion, citing a separate decision in the 2006 murder case of 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel of Middletown that said
the charges did have to be merged.
Oney sentenced Blanda to 15 years to life in prison for murder, eight years
in prison for felony child endangering and an additional six months for domestic violence that will be served consecutive
to the child endangering charge.
After the sentencing, family members hugged and thanked Hamilton detectives who
investigated the case.
“I thank God,” Vanscyoc said, noting she is relieved he court case is finished.
Dad JAMES MAMMONE III is finally going to trial for the murder of his two children
and their maternal grandmother. Although he is pleading "not guilty," police say he had already confessed to the
crimes. Seems he wanted to "hurt his ex-wife" (which is a typical motive among violent fathers) and that he wanted
to "spare" the children "the aftermath of divorce" (which is self-serving crap). He also broke into Mom's
house and set fire to a truck outside.
Dad KC GOBLE has been charged with felonious assault in the child abuse death
of his 2-month-old son. http://www.thenews-messenger.com/article/20100114/NEWS01/1140304/-1/newsfront2/Police-Infant-dies-after-assault-by-fatherPolice: Infant dies after assault by father
BY MATT MANNING • Staff writer • January
CLYDE -- An infant died Wednesday at Toledo Children's Hospital, a day after what police alleged was
abuse from his father.
KC Goble, 22, had a video arraignment Wednesday before Judge John Kolesar in Clyde County
Court on a felonious assault charge, a second-degree felony. No bail was set, and Goble remains in Sandusky County jail. A
preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 21.
Clyde police Sgt. Mark Roach said there was obvious abuse of
2-month-old Preston Goble. The two month old was removed from mechanical life support and died moments later.
news release from the Clyde police Department says an autopsy is scheduled at the Lucas County Coroner's Office today.
"The child has significant injuries," Roach said Wednesday before news spread about Preston Goble's
Police arrived at 1173 South Main St., Apt. 302, at 10:43 a.m. Tuesday and found Preston Goble not breathing.
The child's mother, Danielle Myers, 21, and father Goble were home at the time.
Instead of waiting for an ambulance,
Clyde police administered CPR and put the infant in a cruiser and drove him to Bellevue Hospital. He was later flown to Toledo
Sheriff's deputies, who also responded and received the initial call reporting an
unresponsive child, transported the mother to the hospital, reports say.
"She's not well," Roach
Sandusky County Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt is reviewing the case for possible additional charges. He could
not be reached for comment.
The news release says the case will be presented to a Sandusky County Grand Jury Jan.
Arshon Baker, 5, and Alexandria Hamilton, 2.
Two children are dead.
Two children in four
months, both mothers accused of murder, both well-known to child welfare workers in Cuyahoga County.
Angel Glass and Tyesha Hamilton received the counseling and classes that are supposed to keep mothers from
abusing their children. But in the end, Cuyahoga County's safety net failed Arshon Baker and Alexandria Hamilton.
Sad similarities link the children's deaths -- leaving a chorus of second guessing. Did officials do enough?
Did they act with urgency? Do we even have child abuse programs as effective as those used elsewhere?
Police have just begun sorting out what happened to 2-year-old Alexandria, who was burned over much of her
body and died Wednesday. Her mother, Tyesha Hamilton, 29, is charged with murder, accused of plunging her toddler into scalding
water as a punishment.
Much more is known about 5-year-old Arshon,
who died Oct. 24, and a disquieting picture has emerged. The Plain Dealer, through records and interviews, found that child
welfare workers discontinued services for the family. The sheriff's office didn't arrest Arshon's mother when
it had the chance. The schools stopped training teachers to spot abuse.
night before she was arrested for Arshon's death, 25-year-old Glass told officers she put the boy in the corner to punish
him for lifting her dress. When he wouldn't stay there, she began hitting him on the tops of his hands with a hairbrush.
When that had no effect, she told police, she began beating
the skinny, 3-foot, 3-inch boy with a belt. When Arshon tried to run away, she grabbed his leg. He fell, hit his head on a
dresser and went limp.
That's the story that's laid
out in the police report, the story police say she told them. And it's backed up by the 9-1-1 call she made.
"I was giving him a whooping," she tells the dispatcher two minutes into the seven-minute call.
"Arshon, I love you, baby. I'm sorry. I got carried
away," she whimpers later in the call, just as the ambulance pulls up to her house.
The kindergarten student died the next day at MetroHealth Medical Center of pneumonia, caused by blunt impact
to his trunk, head and extremities, said Dr. Krista Pekarski, the pathologist for the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office
who performed his autopsy. Because of the head trauma, his lungs couldn't function well, allowing infection to set in,
In addition, his right lung was bruised; his
brain, the backs of his eyes and the insides of his ears were bleeding; and long, narrow, curved marks -- which appear to
have been caused by a cord or thin belt -- covered his neck, chest, abdomen, back, arms, legs and groin, she said.
People watching the case are shaking their heads, asking how could this happen.
Research shows that between 24 and 45 percent of children killed by abuse are in families already known to
child protective agencies.
Of the nine children murdered in
Cuyahoga County in 2009, six were in families that had at some time received help from Children and Family Services, according
to Deborah Forkas, director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services.
Forkas said the system can't be everywhere, can't watch over every child and mother every minute.
"These families are hooked up with the best professionals
we have and we still have fatalities," said Forkas, who has worked in child welfare for 25 years.
"If we reacted the way people suggest we should've done in hindsight, there would be such an overload
of taking kids into custody that people would be outraged."
Glass gave birth to the son she's accused of murdering when she was 20 years old and serving time in prison for attempted
felonious assault. Children and Family Services began helping her in June 2007, a year after her release.
It wasn't because she'd done anything to harm Arshon or his sister, who's 18 months older. Child
welfare workers showed up after Glass called police to report that her boyfriend, Larry Wanzo, had slapped her 4-year-old
daughter in the face. The little girl was trying to stop the drunken, 6-foot, 5-inch, 210-pound man from hurting her mother,
according to the police report.
was doing the right thing, Forkas said.
"She was trying
to protect the child."
An investigation found no need for
action against her. Because she was in a violent relationship, a case worker suggested that Glass enroll in weekly parenting
classes and counseling sessions and agree to monthly visits from Children and Family Services.
Glass welcomed the help.
"She was very,
very cooperative," Forkas said. "She could've said, 'no.' It was not a forced case plan."
Glass continued the classes and counseling until October 2008. Because she successfully completed the program,
Children and Family Services closed her case.
that were treating her really felt she had made a tremendous amount of progress," Forkas said. "She was completely
Her office offered Glass ongoing counseling, paid
for by Medicaid. Glass, she said, continued the sessions. But because Children and Family Services was no longer supervising
her case, workers don't know for how long.
relatives' claims that they called Children and Family Services to report Glass and got no response, the only other record
the department has of receiving a call about Glass or her children, according to Forkas, is from Jan. 7, 2008. Then, a caller
said Glass' children -- 5 and 3 at the time -- were home alone. When a caseworker arrived -- and Forkas acknowledges the
worker took longer than an hour to arrive because she had the wrong address -- Glass was home. So there was nothing Children
and Family Services could do.
Another agency that might have
made a difference is the county sheriff's office. The day Arshon died, the sheriff's office had a 2-year-old warrant
for his mother's arrest, but deputies never picked her up.
warrant resulted from a July 19, 2007, police report. That day, a woman showed up at a Cleveland police station to report
that Glass had bitten her and cut her abdomen, arms and right thumb during a fight. Glass was indicted on a charge of felonious
assault on Oct. 16, 2007, and, on Oct. 30, the warrant was issued.
Bob Reid, who was not in office at the time, said deputies did not pick Glass up because his office is overwhelmed by warrants.
"We have 15,000 warrants on file," he said in November,
when asked about the case. "And we have four deputies to go out and serve them." Angel Glass awaits her appearance
in Cleveland Municipal Court in October 2009 on charges of aggravated murder in the beating death of her 5-year-old son Arshon
Thousands of those are for nonviolent
crimes: possession of drugs, failing to appear in court, possessing criminal tools, theft. Hundreds more are for other nonviolent
crimes: misuse of credit cards, insurance fraud, pocket picking, vandalism.
But hundreds of others are for more serious crimes, like Glass' assault charge.
There's no way to know if Arshon Baker would still be alive if Glass had been arrested in that case. It's
impossible to say how the case would have played out.
said Children and Family Services would have continued supervising her if they'd known about the charge. The agency, however,
doesn't have the staff to check if the parents it supervises have gotten into trouble with the law, she said.
And the agency doesn't have access to the police computer system.
That agencies don't share information is a national problem, said Dr. Bruce Perry, senior fellow at the
nonprofit ChildTrauma Academy in Houston.
"When law enforcement
arrests someone, that should automatically alert someone in the child protective services," Perry said. "It's
just that very, very, very few government agencies have the will or the foresight to do it."
School employees didn't step in, either. They say they never saw signs of abuse.
"Every single day he came to school wearing long sleeves, but that doesn't mean anything because
the bulk of our children come to school in long sleeves," said Sophia Karnavas, principal at Union Elementary School,
where Arshon attended kindergarten.
The staff there, she said,
discusses abuse throughout the year and follows procedures if they suspect a child is being harmed at home.
"We call 696-KIDS [the child abuse hot line] and we keep our eyes open."
Spokesman John Hairston said that while Cleveland schools offered training in how to spot physical abuse in
the past, they no longer provide it districtwide.
training is being developed," he said in an e-mail, "and they are hoping to begin providing this training next school
year. Additionally, the buildings are equipped with other professionals that have undergone training."
Those include counselors, social workers and nurses, he said. Schools also can request training from Children
and Family Services.
Forkas doesn't fault the schools, the
legal system or the child welfare system. Those who want to place blame, she said, should look to the same two things failing
so many of the rest of us: health care and the economy.
a case worker interviewed Angel Glass after her son's death, she explained that she'd lost both of her part-time jobs,
that she had no way to support herself, she had gone off her medication and her depression had worsened. When she tried to
schedule a mental health appointment with a publicly funded mental health agency, she was told there was a six-month wait.
"She was depressed, she wouldn't get out of bed,"
Forkas said. "And nobody knew it. Nobody helped her."
members tell a similar story.
They said Angel Glass asked relatives
for help caring for her children. But a family dispute kept at least some of them from coming to her aid.
"She was a very, very isolated soul," Forkas said.
Even her mother spoke against her.
I would have never named her Angel," she told a reporter two days after Arshon's death. "I think I cursed my
daughter with that name. She is no angel." The mother hasn't commented since.
Some relatives call her loving and kind.
was a good kid, Angel was," said her grandmother, Arruth Harris."She just wanted love."
Others call her cruel. They said she beat her younger brothers and sisters when she baby-sat them.
It's up to the court now to decide Angel Glass' guilt or innocence and, if she's guilty, if she'll
go to prison or be sentenced to death.
No matter what happens,
two things are certain:
Some good has come from Arshon Baker's
death. The day he died, his mother agreed to donate his organs, the ones that hadn't been injured. His spleen, his kidneys,
his liver, his heart, were handed over so doctors could use them to keep others alive.
And Children and Family Services continues to handle more and more cases. On Feb. 1, Angel Glass gave birth,
once again, while serving time.
The county has custody of the
baby girl she named Love.
guilty of child endangering
Updated: Friday, 20 Nov 2009, 10:42 PM
Published : Friday, 20 Nov 2009, 5:21 PM EST
Ohio (WDTN) - A Clark County jury delivered a guilty verdict against a Springfield mother, accused of beating and raping her
five adopted children.
After three weeks, testimony wrapped up on Friday, in the case of
Vonda Ferguson. Ferguson was charged with 32 counts of child endangering, permitting child abuse, felonious assault
and rape, involving five children she adopted with her husband, James Ferguson.
portrayed Vonda Ferguson as a heartless mother, who got joy from punishing her children. They described as she laughed and
mocked the children, while goading her husband to beat them.
The five children took the
stand during the trial, and testified that they were beaten with belts, sticks, bats, and hammers, until they bled. Prosecutors
said Ferguson also burned the children with irons, treated them like slaves in their own home, made them stand against a wall
for hours, starved them, and even raped two of them with the handle of a toilet plunger.
choked her children, stuck a stick down Sherita's throat. They were held under water. Liquid soap was put in the eyes
of Joseph because he wet himself. Sherita was forced to put feces in her mouth," said Chris Wagner, a prosecuter with
the U.S Attorney General's office.
Ferguson's defense attorney, Rick Marshall countered,
and said the children were disturbed and came from homes with troubled backgrounds. Marshall said they had all lied about
the way their mother treated them.
"Ask yourself what kind of child would do something
like that. Put these people in this kind of a situation," said Marshall.
could head to prison for more than 60 years. James Ferguson was sentenced to serve 64 years in prison for similar crimes
by a Clark County jury.
Man gets 12 years in 4-year-old's beating death
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in a beating that killed an Ohio
Twenty-two-year-old Robert Overton III of Columbus was convicted in June of felonious assault and
child endangering. The jury deadlocked on a murder charge.
During Wednesday's sentencing hearing, Overton denied
causing the injuries to 4-year-old Antwan Bowman, the son of his former girlfriend.
A coroner said the child died
in March 2007 from a change in his heartbeat that was due to blunt force.
Prosecutors said Overton kicked and punched
the boy and threw him across a room at his mother's home. Defense attorneys suggested the boy's 13-year-old brother
was responsible for the death.
Father threw 2 babies into garbage dumpster
A two year old girl
and her 8 month old half brother were found alive in a garbage can outside a Dayton, Ohio business. They had been missing almost 14 hours and were found this morning, Monday, July 27,2009. Tommie Lee Johnson has been arrested
in relation to the incident Read more and see the suspects mugshot below.
Ashonti Johnson, age two, and Tommie Johnson III, age 8 months, were found in a large city garbage container behind Felty Electric after an intense all night search.
They are both the children of
Alisha Whitehead, 27. Tommie lee Johnson Jr. is the biological father of Ashonti, but not baby Tommie. The relationship between
Alisha Whitehead and Tommie Lee Johnson has been described as on again, off again over the last several years. Police believe
Tommie Johnson threw the children in the garbage can after a fight with their mother.
Johnson Jr., was arrested at 2 a.m. Monday on felony charges of domestic violence, child endangering and inducing panic, according to Montgomery County Jail records.
Felty, owner of Felty Electric, and Baron Bates, 23, of Beavercreek, found the children behind
his business at the corner of East Second Street and North Clinton street after Baron Bates thought he heard children crying
around 8:00 am. Thinking he was hearing things, he left to pick up supplies and returned at 8:25am. Bates continued to hear
the cries, and decided to look in the garbage can.
“He pointed at me to come over and he was pointing down in the trash
can,” Felty said. “I looked down and couldn’t believe it. Those kids were in there and I just reached down
and grabbed (8-month-old Tommie Johnson III).”
Alisha Whitehead said she and Johnson were
at a friends home in Dayton when he took the children. She did not call police because Johnson
had not made any threats against the children. However, she stated that Tommie Johnson Jr. had
been taking her prescription meds, drinking heavily and had tried to strangle her during an argument …. the result
being that the friends made Tommie leave, and he decided Alisha could not have the children.
North Linden woman sentenced to two years in prison for child abuse
July 17, 2009
The Columbus Dispatch
A North Linden woman is serving two years
in prison for abusing her 4-year-old son.
Common Pleas Court records show that Nkechi N. Ogarro, 25, formerly of Norwood Street, pleaded guilty to permitting child
Police said Ogarro admitted to beating her son with a
belt and allowing her boyfriend to burn the boy's mouth with a hot spoon. The boy required treatment at Nationwide Children's
Hospital in 2007.
Last July, Judge David E. Cain sentenced Ogarro
to two years in prison. Charges against her friend, Kenneth Deer Jr., 31, were dismissed by prosecutors.
The boy was placed with foster parents and is doing well, according to a prosecutor familiar with the case.
Gaddis, who was paroled in October, indicted on 2
counts of child endangering.
— A former Fairfield man who served 16 months in prison for shaking and injuring his infant son in Middletown was indicted
Wednesday, May 27, on two felony counts of child endangering.
Huber Heights police arrested Jeremiah Gaddis, 25, at
his home at 8311 Mount Carmel St. on Wednesday morning. Gaddis remained in the Montgomery County Jail on Saturday.
about the latest charges, returned by a Montgomery County grand jury, were not available Friday. Gaddis was paroled Oct. 15,
according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
That conviction, in Butler County Common Pleas Court,
was for attempted child endangering. Gaddis, who then lived in Fairfield, was accused of shaking and injuring his infant son
while at the child’s mother’s Middletown home.
Ethan Gaddis was 5 months old in October 2006 when an ambulance
brought him to the former Middletown Regional Hospital’s emergency room. The boy was suffering from a head injury.
told police he was watching the boy at the mother’s residence when the boy fell off the couch. The mother was not home
at the time, police said.
After the baby was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, investigators
learned that the boy’s injuries and Gaddis’ story didn’t match up. Doctors said the baby was suffering from
bleeding on the brain, and that the injury could not have been caused by a fall from the couch, police said.
LANCASTER, Ohio - A Lancaster
father who abused his 13-month-old daughter was sentenced this morning to four years in prison.
Judge Chris A. Martin of Fairfield County Common Pleas Court also placed Charles J. "Joe" Pyles
on three years' probation after prison. Pyles could ask for a judicial release after serving six months in prison, but
prosecutors said they would oppose it.
Pyles, 33, pleaded guilty in February to one count
of child endangering for physically abusing his baby daughter. Pyles, who accepted a deal for his plea, had been indicted
last year on one count of felonious assault and two counts of child endangering.
Angel Carpenter, was rushed to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus last year. She suffered nine
bone fractures and will bear permanent scars on her limbs, two doctors testified this morning.
who is nearly 2 now and living with her maternal grandparents, required months of therapy before she could walk properly and
perform simple tasks such as passing a toy from one hand to another, a case worker with the county Child Protective Services
Department testified. The agency retains temporary custody of the girl.
31-year-old Rebecca Carpenter, who was indicted on one count of endangering children, awaits trial.
Man Sought In Child Abuse Case
Posted: 11:35 am EDT April 2, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Springfield police
are working a disturbing child abuse case that left two children beaten and bloody.
Officers are on the lookout for
Markus January on two counts of child endangering and several other charges.
The mother of the children is already behind
bars. Heather Flaker told officers that January, her boyfriend, beat her children.
Police said the children, ages 2
and 5, had new injuries and previous signs of abuse. They say an aunt found both children unsupervised in their home on Chestnut
Avenue. The 2-year-old girl was strapped to a toilet seat and the 5-year-old boy was running around outside.
to police, Flaker was aware of the abuse but never reported it because she was afraid of her boyfriend.
police want you to give them a call if you know where Markus January is located.
Virginia Johnson sentenced to 17 years in prison for allowing child rape; rapist killed himself
JohnsonUPDATED: AKRON — Virginia Johnson,
38, of Uniontown, was sentenced Tuesday to 17 years in prison for allowing her boyfriend to repeatedly rape a child. Once
released, she will have to register her address with a county sheriff's office every 90 days for life.
Johnson was arrested in August and pleaded guilty Feb. 17 to rape, illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented
material, permitting child abuse, tampering with evidence, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and forgery.
Johnson allowed her boyfriend to rape the girl for four years. She also took pornographic photographs
of the victim. And last March, she arranged to fly with the girl to London to meet a man she met on the Internet. The man
never arrived to pick the two up at the airport. They flew home the next day, and the girl then told a school counselor about
the sexual abuse.
While Johnson was in jail awaiting trial, she forged her ex-husband's
signature on a car title with the help of a bondswoman.
boyfriend killed himself April 18, during the investigation.
"Stephen Brothers was found in his garage, in
his running truck with the search warrant laying next to him," prosecutor's spokeswoman Laurie Cramer said
-- Police in Cleveland, Ohio, were searching Thursday for a man they suspect fatally shot his new wife and four children,
and shot and injured another child.
Police say they strongly believe Davon Crawford,
33, is armed.
A widespread manhunt was on for Davon Crawford, 33, said Lt. Thomas Stacho of the Cleveland Police Department.
believe wholeheartedly that he's armed," Stacho said.
The wife and four children are dead, he said. The fifth
child, a 7-year-old boy, is in "very critical condition."
Two of the children were "young toddlers,"
Police received call a little after 8 p.m. to the upper floor of a duplex.
"There is some relationship;
whether there is a blood relationship we haven't determined at this point," Stacho said. "The adult victim is
the new wife of the suspect."
"It looks like there was a domestic dispute," he said. "Exactly what
triggered the rampage we don't know."
Police had released a photograph of Crawford and were asking for the
public's help in finding him.
"We have eyewitnesses to this case," Stacho said. "We're
confident this is our suspect, and we need to take him into custody immediately."
Butler County Man Convicted in Abuse of Baby
Last Update: 3/04 4:27
A Butler County father is convicted in the abuse of his one month old baby girl.
On May 12th,
2007, the little girl was flown by Air Care to Children's Hospital in respiratory distress. Doctors there found old and
new injuries consistent with child abuse.
Oxford Police detectives worked in concert with the Butler County
Prosecutors Child Assault Task Force to investigate the girl's father and today, 24 year old Kimble Miller II of Hamilton
was convicted of endangering children.
He could face eight years in prison when he is sentenced in April.
Our partners at the Journal News say the abuse happened while the girl was under Miller's care at the child's
mother's home in Oxford. After a year of investigation, Miller admitted to squeezing and shaking the child to a detective
with the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
The child, now 23 months old, has the speech skills of a 4-month-old
and the motor skills of a 1-month-old child.
|Scioto County Couple
Charged with Child Abuse|| |
|Posted: 2:26 PM Sep 8, 2008|
2:26 PM Sep 8, 2008
Reporter: Phil Weber
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Detectives from the Scioto County Sheriff’s
Office have arrested two people from West Portsmouth on child abuse charges.
According to the sheriff, 911 dispatchers
received a call from a woman who said that a 1-year-old child dropped off for her to watch appeared to have been abused.
The sheriff says the infant was taken to a Portsmouth hospital and later transported to Columbus
Children’s hospital. The infant was treated for multiple soft tissue injuries, abrasions, and blisters; as well as new
and old fractures to the ribs, legs and arms.
A 2-year-old female sibling was also treated and released from a Portsmouth
As a result of the investigation, detectives arrested 31-year-old Aaron Evans, and 24-year-old Clorissa Journey.
Both are from West Portsmouth and charged with child endangering.
They are scheduled to appear in Portsmouth Municipal
Court on Tuesday.
The sheriff says that Clorissa is the mother of the children, and Evans was her live in boyfriend
for the past five months.
[ Copyright 2009
[ Copyright 2009
Family dead in Ohio, likely murder suicide
WHITEHALL, Ohio – Police say a couple and their
two children found dead in a suburban Columbus home are likely the victims of a murder-suicide.
police say the victims were a husband and wife, their 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. Investigators
would not say how they died. The children were home from school Wednesday for a snow day.
Sgt. Daniel Kelso says the deaths have "the markings of a murder-suicide."
neighbor says the father recently lost his job, and investigators say that may have been a factor in the deaths.
They come a day after police in Wilmington, Calif., found the bodies of a couple and their five children.
The father was in debt and had recently been fired; police say he killed his family and himself.
XENIA — A 39-year-old father has admitted he used a dog shock collar
on his sons and threw his 4-year-old daughter into a backyard pool as forms of discipline during a period of chastisement
a law officer said made them prisoners in their own home.
David O. Liskany of Jamestown
pleaded guilty Monday, Oct. 27, in Greene County Common Pleas Court to felonious assault and attempted felonious assault in
a deal that cuts what could have been a sentence of up to 21 years to a 4-year stretch in prison.
was the worst child abuse case I've seen in 18 years," county sheriff's Capt. Eric Spicer said. "He used
that dog collar as a form of punishment, as a form of intimidation. He would sometimes just point to it and cause the kids
to be in fear of the experiences they had already had."
Spicer said the abuse had
been ongoing with the children — now ages 14, 12 and 5 — since 2006 and 2007.
was used to give these young children that fearful experience of not being able to breathe" Spicer said. "That was
one of the ways he would discipline them. And he would also verbally remind them that this was an option if they didn't
toe the line as he saw it. ... From everything that we did in our investigation, we believe that (the children) were literally
prisoners in their own home."
Liskany, convicted of child endangering in Lebanon in
2000, will be sentenced Dec. 22. He and his attorney, L. Patrick Mulligan, declined comment.
said the investigation began in December 2007, when the oldest child walked for two days to reach a family member he thought
could help. The children were placed with Children's Services when their father was arrested.
was a heartbreaking experience to hear from this kid what he had been through," Spicer said.
|Rest in Peace
Thursday, March 27, 2008 Man Chargd in Shaken Baby Death Baby dies, father
held in jail Butler County prosecutor says murder charge will be filed BY JANICE MORSE | JMORSE@ENQUIRER.COM HAMILTON -
A day before she would have turned 5 months old, Brooklynn Blanda died - and her father, who police say admitted he
shook the infant, has been arrested. Vincent Blanda, 37, is being held in the Butler County Jail on initial charges of domestic
violence and endangering children, police said. "Based on what we know now, the charges must be upgraded to
murder. It's just a question of the timing," said Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper. An arrest report says, "The
defendant states he shook the child because she would not stop crying (Monday). Afterwards, the victim stopped crying, and
became limp and pale." Someone called 911 and reported an infant was unresponsive just before 8 a.m. Monday. Medics went
to the child's home in the 500 block of Williams Avenue. Then, the child underwent treatment at Cincinnati Children's
Hospital Medical Center for "severe abusive head trauma," the report says. She died there Tuesday. The Hamilton
County Coroner's Office is conducting an autopsy to determine what caused her death. Coroner O'dell Owens said no
information on that autopsy was available Wednesday but some information could become available today. Piper says apparent
"shaken-baby" cases mystify him. "These cases are just bizarre cases ... Where does the instinct come from
to hit or shake a baby?" Piper said. "...I just don't understand how anybody could hurt a baby; they're
so delicate and little." Blanda's bond was set at $100,000. He is being held in the Butler County Jail awaiting a
preliminary hearing Tuesday in Hamilton Municipal Court. Blanda is a registered sex offender who has been convicted
of importuning in Brown County, Piper said, but he had no details about Blanda's prior offenses
|Rest In Peace
Father arrested in death of Massillon baby
The father of a 4-month old baby girl was charged with murder Wednesday for raping and smothering the infant in 2006.
Massillon police and the FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Jay Biggs, 23, who now lives in Green, Wednesday at a friend's
home in Cleveland.
Biggs is charged with killing Jaydee Lynn Biggs, who was found dead in her bassinet on June 5, 2006. His bond was set at
The Stark County coroner ruled the baby had been raped and smothered.
Massillon police said the parents refused to cooperate and moved away, complicating the case.
Police developed new leads with help from the Ohio Attorney General's office.
The baby’s birth at University Hospital on Nov. 4 was routine.
What wasn’t routine was the fact the infant’s mother was just 10, impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend.
Now, social workers are trying to figure out how to unravel the mess involving one of the youngest children ever to give
birth in Greater Cincinnati.
Prosecutors were in court Wednesday to discuss what to do with both children, the newborn and her now 11-year-old mom.
court session in Hamilton County Dependency Court on Wednesday was primarily a status session on how both the baby and young
mother are doing.
At the same time Wednesday, Lockland police were in Columbus talking to a convict whose DNA shows he’s
the baby girl’s father.
Michael Chaffer, 40, is accused of impregnating his girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter,
according to Hamilton County prosecutors.
The baby’s birth set off an investigation by the Hamilton County Department
of Job and Family Services and stunned social workers because the baby’s mother is so young.
The baby has been
taken from her mother and put in a foster home while the child-mother is now being taken care of by a relative. Her mother
is not allowed to see the baby and can only see her daughter when supervised by social workers.
Lawyers jammed the courtroom
Wednesday, representing the prosecutor’s office and all three generations of the family.
The girl’s mother
was warned not to let any adult men in her Lockland home while caseworkers tried to track down the infant’s father.
Paternity was not determined until Wednesday morning.
Prosecutors say the girl’s mother ignored that
order to keep adult men away from her child, and when a caseworker made a surprise visit to her Lockland home Jan. 4, they
Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Lee Slocum said Chaffer faces criminal charges for impregnating
and sexually molesting a girl under the age of 13.
Lockland Police Chief James Toles said two officers were interviewing
Chaffer on Wednesday in a Columbus prison, where he is serving a one-year sentence on an unrelated charge.
a child under 13 is considered statutory rape, a crime punishable with a life prison term.
As JFS investigated the
case, several relatives of the 11-year-old girl contacted the agency saying Chaffer sexually abused the girl for a “period
The 11-year-old girl’s mother is also under investigation, Slocum said, for allowing her daughter
to be abused.
Job and Family Services workers can’t remember a case in which a girl so young gave birth.
sexual abuse is pretty common in the cases we see,” said JFS Director Moira Weir. “But it is highly unusual and
extremely sad to see a case where a 10-year-old becomes pregnant.
“This is an example of why everyone in the
community needs to be extremely vigilant about watching for the signs of abuse and notifying us through our 241-KIDS hotline,”
she added. “The sooner we can intervene, the sooner we can make sure the child is in a safe situation.”
County prosecutors want a court designation that the 11-year-old girl was abused. They allege the 11-year-old’s mother
failed to care for her by allowing Chaffer near her.
Prosecutors also want to take the infant away from the mother
because the sixth-grade student is too young to care for the baby.
As she waited for the hearing to start, the child,
who was wearing faded jeans and a T-shirt hoody with her hair tied into a ponytail, sat next to her mother. She chatted about
school, music and Disney video games.
During the hearing, as prosecutors and attorneys discussed the case and the possibility
that the 11-year-old could lose her baby, she wiped away tears with the palms of her hands.
At Wednesday’s hearing,
Magistrate Charles Milazzo determined the girl could visit her baby at least twice a week.
But he said the 11-year-old
girl’s mother may see her only if social workers can supervise the visits, and that she may not see the baby.
became aware of the birth after the 11-year-old girl delivered the baby at University Hospital. Hospital officials notified
JFS because the mother was so young.
The 11-year-old girl and the infant were allowed to remain in the mother’s
home while JFS investigated the case. Two other men were eliminated as the baby’s father before Chaffer’s DNA
When the caseworker found Chaffer in the home Jan. 4 – a violation of JFS’ order that no men
be in the home – they arrested him on a charge of obstruction of official business.
Court records show Chaffer
slammed the door on the officer and refused to open it.
Chaffer pleaded guilty to that charge the next day, which violated
his probation on an earlier drug charge. As a result he was sent to prison for one year.
JFS immediately took the 11-year-old
girl and infant from the home.