A Castalia man is in jail for allegedly choking an 8-month-old girl he was baby-sitting.
Eric C. Milleson, 25, 5800 block Ohio 269, faces a third-degree felony charge of child endangering.
A sheriff's deputy was on patrol June 25 near the Greenfield Village mobile home park on Tiffin Avenue when the baby's uncle waved him down, said Capt. Paul Sigsworth.
The baby, Lacey Jackson, had been abused, the uncle told the deputy. Lacey's grandmother took her to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment, Sigsworth said.
"The doctor's examination indicated the baby had apparently been assaulted," he said.
A CAT scan was performed on the infant, but final medical reports have not yet been released by doctors. Lacey's visible injuries included bruising to her neck and body and a bite mark on her face, said her grandmother Rose Jackson, 42.
Jackson said her granddaughter is not the happy baby she once was.
"She still doesn't like anybody to touch her face," she said. "If you hold her around her neck, that's when she seems to start crying."
Detectives interviewed Milleson and later charged him. Milleson is an acquaintance of the baby's mother, Sigsworth said.
"I believe the child may have been left in his care for a period of time. During that time period is when the injuries were inflicted," he said. "It appears that it was intentional."
Milleson awaits a preliminary hearing July 7 in Erie County Court in Milan. If his case is bound over to grand jurors, Milleson could face additional charges, Sigsworth said.
If convicted on the child endangering charge alone, Milleson could spend one to five years in prison.
"Everybody's having nightmares wondering what he done to her," Jackson said.