Sheriff Jeffrey D. Paden said that deputies responded to a Quaker City residence Friday evening January 28th shortly before 4:30 p.m. after the Communications Division received a call from medical staff at Barnesville Hospital requesting a well-being check be conducted on a 6 year old boy. Sheriff Paden said that medical staff reported that the boy’s mother had brought him to the hospital for severe injuries to boy’s hands, believed to be severe frostbite. They told dispatchers that once the mother was informed of the severity of the injuries by medical personnel and that the he would need to be immediately transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital by ambulance, the mother took the boy and left the hospital.
Deputies arrived at the home and found the mother, father and the boy as well as his 11 year old sibling at the home. During the well-being check and preliminary investigation, deputies ultimately were able to view the boy’s hands and summoned a squad to the residence. Deputies, took the father and mother into custody and placed them on felony investigation holds at the Guernsey County Jail and notified Detectives. Guernsey County Children Services was also notified and responded to the scene as well.
Investigators worked throughout the weekend gathering evidence and interviewing multiple individuals including both the father and mother regarding the circumstances regarding the injuries.
Investigators met with Guernsey County Prosecutor Lindsey Angler Monday morning and felony charges of Endangering Children, a felony of the Third degree are expected to filed on the parents as soon as Tuesday.