LIMA - A man charged with beating a 3-year-old boy to death has been found competent to stand trial in March, a judge ruled Thursday.
Jacob Jones, 29, of Beaverdam, is scheduled to stand trial March 9 on charges of murder, felonious assault and endangering children. Judge Richard Warren, of Allen County Common Pleas Court, ruled Jones was competent to stand trial based on a recent psychological evaluation. The report was not discussed or made public in court.
Jones is accused of beating to death Christopher Faulk, who died Oct. 7. Christopher spent more than a week in the hospital before he died from injuries. Christopher and his mother had moved into Jones' home four months earlier after facing homelessness.
No charges were filed against Christopher's mother, Jessica Baughman, or Jones' wife, Christina Jones. Prosecutors have not ruled out filing charges against either woman.
Christopher died from blunt-force trauma to the head, a prosecutor said. The beating took place inside a home at 209 N. Church St. in late September.
Emergency responders were called to Jones' Beaverdam home after someone from the house called a medical help line seeking advice on an unresponsive child. When emergency responders arrived, Jones initially refused to let them in but eventually gave in.
Christopher had been unresponsive for more than a day before the call to the help line. An employee of the hospital help line called the Sheriff's Office based on the caller's questions.
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.
Jones was convicted in 2005 of endangering children and sentenced to three months in jail.