Struthers infant hospitalized, father charged - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Updated

Struthers infant hospitalized, father charged

Posted: Updated:

STRUTHERS, Ohio - Thirty-two-year-old Robert Purfey, Jr. is in the Mahoning County Jail after being charged with child endangering.

His eight week old son is in critical condition. On Friday July 5, at 10:30 a.m., a 911 call was made for help to a home at 41 Park Avenue in Struthers.

Detective Jeff Lewis tells 21 News the Struthers Fire Department was the first on the scene.

"The child was transferred to Akron Children's in Boardman,"says Detective Jeff Lewis with the Struthers police department.

Struthers police seized as evidence,  a blood-stained towel from the front his home.  They also took a pair of grooming scissors.

A source tells 21 News, the father of the eight week old infant stuffed the baby wipe in his son's mouth because he was crying.

Once it lodged in the infant's throat, the 32-year-old dad allegedly used the grooming scissors to try and get the baby wipe out causing more injuries.

Police say Children Services took Purfey's one-year-old daughter and is actively involved in this case.

Struthers Police say the mother of the infant and girl was not home at the time, but visiting her mother in Youngstown.

Detective Lewis says criminal charges could be increased against Purfey whose eight week old son who was flown to the main hospital in Akron. 

"Depending on the extent of the injuries or if things take a turn for the worst, absolutely charges could be increased," Lewis says. "The case is going to be presented to the county prosecutor and they will decide what charges to file."

According to court records, Purfey Jr. was convicted of misdemeanor assault in Youngstown Municipal Court in 2011.

He has violated probation and was charged in 2009 and 2011 for possessing drug paraphernalia, but pleaded those to reduced charges.

Austintown court records show he was to answer theft charges in June 2013.

 

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Toledo zoo welcomes 100-year-old tortoise

    Toledo zoo welcomes 100-year-old tortoise

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:11:09 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The newest resident of the Toledo Zoo is a 100-year-old dome-shelled Galapagos tortoise that weighs in at 440 pounds. The tortoise, named Emerson, arrived at the zoo Wednesday night from the San Diego Zoo. He was escorted by Toledo Zoo personnel on his flight to Detroit before being driven to Toledo and uncrated inside a heated shed. Handlers welcomed him with carrot and sweet potato treats and a neck rub. The (Toledo) Blade reports Emerson is the zoo's first Galapagos to...More >>
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The newest resident of the Toledo Zoo is a 100-year-old dome-shelled Galapagos tortoise that weighs in at 440 pounds. The tortoise, named Emerson, arrived at the zoo Wednesday night from the San Diego Zoo. He was escorted by Toledo Zoo personnel on his flight to Detroit before being driven to Toledo and uncrated inside a heated shed. Handlers welcomed him with carrot and sweet potato treats and a neck rub. The (Toledo) Blade reports Emerson is the zoo's first Galapagos to...More >>
  • Ohio serial rapist gets 135 years in prison

    Ohio serial rapist gets 135 years in prison

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:10:21 GMT
    CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Wednesday means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unso...More >>
    CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Wednesday means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unso...More >>
  • Drone delays landing of Ohio hospital chopper

    Drone delays landing of Ohio hospital chopper

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:08:46 GMT
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials at a southwest Ohio hospital say a drone flying near the building delayed the landing of an emergency medical helicopter for nine minutes. The health of the patient aboard the helicopter trying to land at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton wasn't compromised, but an official says the man flying the drone violated an FAA guideline that the operator must be at least 400 feet away from a hospital. Dayton Daily News reports that the Monday incident highlights the need ...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials at a southwest Ohio hospital say a drone flying near the building delayed the landing of an emergency medical helicopter for nine minutes. The health of the patient aboard the helicopter trying to land at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton wasn't compromised, but an official says the man flying the drone violated an FAA guideline that the operator must be at least 400 feet away from a hospital. Dayton Daily News reports that the Monday incident highlights the need ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms