“I would much rather have a child with injuries that are temporary and not life-threatening - resulting in a misdemeanor charge against a defendant - than I would to have a child with life-threatening or lifelong injuries - resulting in a more significant felony charge against a defendant,” Fornshell added.
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Ward was initially charged with felonious assault, as well as child endangering.
Now he will only face the misdemeanor charge in Warren County Court, rather than be arraigned and prosecuted on a felony in the common pleas court.
He remained in the county jail Monday on $250,000 bond.
Morrow police and the Salem Twp. Fire Department were dispatched at 3:22 p.m. on Feb 14 to a duplex on Second Street in Morrow about an infant that had stopped, but resumed, breathing.
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Ward told a 911 operator the 1-year-old was in the tub for 30 seconds. He led emergency workers into the duplex where they found the mother holding the infant, throwing up a clear liquid, on the bed.
A hospital examination showed the child had head injuries indicating she had been assaulted. On Monday, Fornshell said he understood the grand jury’s decision to opt for the misdemeanor charge.
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