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Mother charged in death of 4-year-old boy in Bazetta, boyfriend arraigned

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WARREN, Ohio -  The mother of a Bazetta Township boy who died has been criminally charged along with her boyfriend.

Jennifer Light was charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, permitting child abuse, and obstructing justice after a secret indictment was filed Tuesday. She was arraigned in court and her bond was set at $250,000.

Scott Walker, 33, who faces one count of murder, was also arraigned in court Tuesday. His bond was set at $500,000.

Police were called to 2910 North Park Avenue Extension in Bazetta where Nicholas lived with his mother and other family early Saturday morning. Nicholas Partin was pronounced dead at Trumbull Memorial Hospital soon after rescuers found him not breathing and without a pulse.

An autopsy report revealed that 4-year-old Nicholas Partin died from blunt force trauma to his abdomen.

Court records indicate Light told police her son had ingested carpet cleaner the night before. She told police she took him to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was treated and released just the day before, but police later learned his hospital visit never happened.

In the second round of questioning, Light was quoted admitting to police that she watched her boyfriend, Walker, punch Nicholas Partin in the stomach the night before his death.

Walker told police he "didn't mean to do it" when he was arrested then police say he described striking the child with a back hand blow.

A family member of the victim said that the victim's brother, eight-year-old Christopher Partin, was removed from the home Sunday. While Trumbull Child Services Board Director Tim Schaffner could not confirm if Christopher Martin was removed, he said that generally, in cases such as this, children would be removed from homes under criminal investigation until it is determined safe to return. 

It's still not known if Nicholas Partin really had any carpet cleaner in his system; toxicology test results could take several weeks.

This is the first murder case in the township in at least the past decade.

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