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Port Clinton man indicted for child endangering

Alex Green • Mar 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

A Port Clinton man was indicted last week for allegedly harming his 3-month-old son.

Chad Newman, 30, of the 1100 block of Fremont Ave., was indicted Feb. 27 on three counts of child endangering and one count each of felonious assault and domestic violence.

In December, St. Vincent’s Mercy Children’s Hospital treated a 3-month-old boy who suffered a skull fracture, Port Clinton police said.

The mother said the infant was in a chair that fell from a mattress onto a carpeted floor, but medical staff grew suspicious when they discovered injuries inconsistent with her story, according to information St. Vincent Dr. Heather Meade provided to police.

Meade observed internal bleeding on the infant’s brain and swelling of the tissue over the fracture, police said.

The mother then said Newman had mainly been responsible for the child’s care. She told police that one night close to the time of the alleged incident, Newman checked on the infant multiple times when the infant cried out, police said. Newman then asked the mother to check on the infant after he cried later in the night, and she described the infant as appearing pale.

When the infant was taken to the hospital the next day, Newman did not attend, police said. He told his wife he got a job in Indiana and needed to travel there immediately, but police said they later determined the statement was untrue.

Shortly after the alleged incident, Newman told police the infant suffered a fracture by resting his head against a wooden part of his crib, police said.

The explanation was inconsistent with the infant’s injury, police said.

Dr. Randall Schlievert, director of St. Vincent’s child abuse program, investigated and reported: “(The infant) is a three-month-old male who had injuries from severe physical abuse including blows to the head and abdominal blows”

Schlievert also stated the extent of the injuries was inconsistent with stories from the parents.

Because police have been unable to reach Newman since the incident, a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Police suspect he was staying in Toledo and is now staying in Bowling Green.

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