RAVENNA (AP) — An Ohio man accused of throwing a 1-year-old boy against a wall, killing him, has pleaded not guilty to charges.
The Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier reports 26-year-old Nicholas Catazaro, of Windham, was arraigned Friday in northeast Ohio’s Portage County. He was indicted Thursday on aggravated murder and other charges in the death of Leon Chehin-Merryman.
Portage County sheriff’s deputies were called to a Nelson Township mobile home Oct. 6 after the boy’s mother called 911 to report her son wasn’t breathing. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
An autopsy showed the toddler’s skull had been fractured. It is unclear what led to Catazaro’s arrest or what his relationship is with Leon’s parents.
Catazaro’s attorney couldn’t be reached Saturday because his listed phone number has been disconnected.