LIMA — A Delphos man formally entered pleas of not guilty Wednesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court to charges that he severely beat his 2-year-old child earlier this year.
Anthony J. Denoyer, 18, appeared in court for his arraignment hearing on two counts of felonious assault with a specification for causing permanent disabling harm to a child less than the age of 10, two counts of endangering children and one count of felonious assault. All charges, returned by the December session of the grand jury, are felonies of the second degree.
Denoyer is also facing charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property, felonies of the fourth and fifth degree, respectively, in an unrelated incident.
Delphos police say Denoyer admitted he caused the life-threatening injuries suffered by his 2-month-old child in October. According to a press release issued by Delphos Police Chief Mark Slate, his department was contacted Oct. 29 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 at the time considered 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 while the child was in the care of his father, Anthony Denoyer.