OTTAWA — A Leipsic couple charged with child endangering and felonious assault of their infant son appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court Thursday.
Marcos Zavala, 25, and his wife Breanna Zavala, 19, appeared in court in front of Common Pleas Judge Keith Schierloh in regard to alleged physical abuse of their 3-month-old son on Aug. 20.
The Zavalas were arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail on Sept. 20.
During Thursday’s hearing, Marcos Zavala appeared in court with his attorney John Hopkins. Hopkins requested additional time to review 600 to 650 pages of medical documentation and reports he received on the case Wednesday. The request was granted and since the trial would not fall in the speedy trial time frame, Marcos Zavala signed a judgment entry time waiver waiving his right to a speedy trial.
A pre-trial for Marcos Zavala has been scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2, according to the court schedule.
Breanna Zavala appeared in court Thursday with her attorney Greg Hermiller, but her case did not go on record.
According to a police report provided by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Zavalas on Aug. 20 failed to provide adequate care, protection and support for their son. As a result their son had non-accidental injuries to his ribs, jaw, eye and nose which required hospitalization, according to the report. These injuries are consistent of serious physical harm, the report states.
According to the incident report, on Aug. 2o an officer with Leipsic Police Department met with a relative of the Zavalas who reported bruising around the infant’s left eye and swelling to the left side of his jaw. The relative informed the officer this was not the first time they had seen bruising to the infant’s face and previously saw it when he was 2 months old and had bruising to the right side of his face.
The relative told the Zavalas to take their son to the hospital or they would report it to the police. They took their son to Ambulatory Care and said doctors found their son had a fever.
Another officer with Leipsic PD visited the Zavala residence and observed light bruising around the infant’s left eye and his nose appeared to be plugged and flat. The officer was contacted Aug. 24 by a representative from Toledo Hospital who informed him the infant was in the pediatric care in reference to failure to thrive, fracture of the right clavicle, left side rib fracture and left side mandible fracture.
On Sept. 16, Breanna Zavala told an officer she had been watching her young son and older child.
“It was my fault. I’m not used to being alone with both of them at the same time. I just got frustrated. I didn’t mean to hurt him,” Breanna Zavala said.
She described to the officer holding her son in her left arm and then taking her right hand and closing his mouth by putting her thumb under his chin and pushed his mouth closed.
She was then asked about the mark above the infant’s left eye.
“I was doing the dishes and heard like a thud and when I turned around my oldest son was standing next to him,” Breanna Zavala said.
She was then asked about her son’s injuries to his nose and ribs and she said she did not know how they happened.
Child and Family Services requested assistance to remove the infant on Aug. 27 from the residence.
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