Delphos man arrested for inflicting life-threatening injuries to infant

By J Swygart -

DELPHOS — A Delphos man has been taken into custody after reportedly admitting to police that he caused the life-threatening injuries suffered by his 2-month-old child.

Formal charges have not yet been filed against the man, whose name is being withheld, a spokesman for the Allen County Sheriff’s Office said late Wednesday afternoon.

According to a press release issued by Delphos Police Chief Mark Slate, his department was contacted Tuesday by officials at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center requesting that detectives respond to the emergency room at the hospital in reference to an injured child.

Upon their arrival at the hospital, detectives learned the child was being transported via LifeFlight helicopter to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus with what were termed as life-threatening injuries.

According to the police chief, detectives spoke with the child’s mother and grandparents at the hospital and learned the injuries likely happened Monday while the child was in the care of his biological father, who is now incarcerated in the Allen County jail on an unrelated charge.

Slate said detectives from the Delphos Police Department and the Allen County Sheriffs Office interviewed the father at the jail. The chief said he admitted causing the injuries to the child at their residence.

A search warrant was executed at the residence on Wednesday, with the assistance of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, according to the press release.

No additional information was available.

By J Swygart

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