LIMA - A Beaverdam man could spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to charges Wednesday in the beating death a 3-year-old boy last year.
Jacob Jones, 29, of 209 N. Church St., pleaded guilty to murder, felonious assault and endangering children in the Oct. 7 death of Christopher Faulk. Judge Richard Warren scheduled sentencing for March 5. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 31 years to life in prison.
Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said Jones assaulted Christopher on Sept. 27 by picking Christopher up by the neck and throwing him against a wall and into furniture.
"This defendant covered up his actions for two days. The child languished for two days at the residence," Waldick said.
It wasn't until Jones' wife, Christina, and Christopher's mother, Jessica Baughman, snuck away from the residence Sept. 29 by telling Jones they wanted to check their bank accounts. They called a nurse help line and an employee with the help line alerted the Sheriff's Office.
Jones told the women to tell people Christopher fell out of a tree, Waldick said.
The child died about a week later from head injuries, Waldick said.
Records from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus said Jones also forced a 7-year-old child to punch Christopher in the back, stomach and chest. He ordered Christopher to fight back.
"You fight back or you're going to have to fight me," Jones said, according to hospital records.
Baughman tried to stop the incident but Jones stopped her and instructed the elder child to hit Christopher harder.
Baughman told hospital officials Jones picked Christopher up by his chin or face and tossed him "like a rag doll." The final time he tossed Christopher, the child hit his head on the corner of the couch and "went numb," Baughman told hospital officials.
Baughman wanted to take Christopher to the hospital but Jones would not let her. After authorities were alerted, Jones initially refused to let them into the house but eventually gave in, hospital records said.
Also in hospital records, an unidentified witness told a hospital employee Jones had injured Christopher a week before the fatal injuries were inflicted. That earlier injury led to a gash on Christopher's scalp.
Jones told the unidentified witness he stitched the gash himself after pouring whiskey over it to numb the area, according to hospital records.
Jones said very little during Wednesday's hearing other than to answer questions Warren asked. He told the judge he had a 10th-grade education.
After the plea, Waldick said there was no deal made with Jones. The only question left was when Jones would be eligible for parole, Waldick said.
Waldick declined to say whether there may be charges filed against Baughman or Christina Jones.
Jones' attorney, John Fisher, declined comment after the hearing.
Christopher and his mother moved in with Jones about four months before the incident after they were facing homelessness.
Jones has a history of child abuse allegations. In December 2007, Allen County Children Services and the Sheriff's Office were called to investigate an accusation that Jones slapped a 10-year-old girl. The matter was closed after neither agency found enough evidence to move forward.
In 2005, Jones was convicted of endangering children and sentenced to three months in jail.
Jones pleads guilty to killing 3-year-old boy