OTTAWA — A Leipsic man will be sentenced in March after a plea change Thursday in an incident that left injuries to his 3-month-old son’s ribs, jaw, eye and nose, requiring hospitalization.
Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Keith Schierloh accepted the guilty plea of Marcos J. Zavala, 27, to endangering children and ordered a pre-sentence investigation. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. March 4.
Putnam County Assistant Prosecutor Todd Schroeder recommended the maximum three-year sentence be given for the charge and agreed to dismiss a felonious assault charge.
Zavala was arrested with his then-wife, Breanna Zavala, involving the physical abuse of their then-3-month-old son Aug. 20, 2019. According to reports of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Zavala’s failed to provide adequate care, protection and support for their young son, which resulted in non-accidental injuries to the child’s ribs, jaw, eye and nose requiring hospitalization.
A Leipsic police officer met with a relative of the Zavala’s who reported bruising around the infant’s left eye and swelling to the left side of his jaw, according to the report. The relative told the officer this was not the first time they had seen bruising to the child’s face and previously saw it when the child was two months old and had bruising to the right side of his face.
The relative told police they told the Zavala’s to take the child to the hospital, or they would report the incident to the police. The Zavala’s took their son to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center for treatment. The Leipsic Police Department was contacted by a representative from a Toledo hospital on Aug. 24, 2019, to report the child was in the pediatric care unit regarding failure to thrive, fracture of the right clavicle, left side rib fracture and left side mandible fracture.
According to court records, on Sept. 16, 2019, Breanna Zavala told a Leipsic police officer she had been watching her young son and an older child. She told the officer it was her fault, and she was not used to being alone with both children at the same time. She got frustrated and did not mean to hurt him, according to the report.
The child was removed by Putnam County Children Services on Aug. 27, 2019.
Breanna L. Zavala, 20, 717 W. Broadway St., Apt. 2, Leipsic, was sentenced last March to 30 months in prison for child endangering. A request for judicial release filed last Dec. 20 was overruled by Schierloh. Breanna Zavala was granted a divorce from Marcos Zavala on Aug. 11, 2020. The juvenile court continues having jurisdiction over the couple’s minor children.