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Infant's sleeping death leads to reckless homicide charge against Canfield man

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Several months after the death of a young child a suspect appeared in court for the first time. 

Thirty-seven-year-old Alex Cherney was in Struthers Municipal Court Wednesday morning, facing charges of reckless homicide and child endangering. 

According to Struthers Police, charges were filed against Cherney following an incident last November. 

Police say they responded to the death of a one-year-old girl on November 24, 2017. 

A report from investigators says when EMTs arrived on the scene they found the infant inside a Smithfield Street home, lying on a couch, blue and not breathing. 

Investigators say they were told by family members that Cherney had been taking care of his children for the night. A report says family told police that the infant had been playing and seemed fine before going to bed. 

Cherney allegedly told officers that around 9 p.m. he had taken the infant to the basement to go to bed for the night. 

A report says Cherney told police that he and the child had fallen asleep on a sectional couch. Cherney reportedly told investigators that the baby woke up around 3:20 a.m. and seemed fussy, but fell back asleep. 

According to the report, family in the home awoke in the morning to the sound of Cherney screaming for help. 

Police say Cherney told them that he awoke to find the infant motionless and he began performing CPR. 

A police report lists the cause of death as unknown, but says it can be "contributed to unsafe sleep positions". An investigative report does list that the child had suspected internal injuries. 

The report does not indicate that drugs or alcohol were suspected but does say that family "adamantly denied" Cherney being intoxicated. 

Struthers City Law Director and Prosecutor John Zomoida told 21 News that the criminal charges were filed because it was "reckless" of Cherney and that he "should have known better". 

A warrant was issued for Cherney in June. 

Police records indicate Cherney was arrested in Boardman Wednesday morning.

He is currently being held in jail on a $10,000 bond. Both the reckless homicide and child endangering charges are third-degree felonies. 

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