Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dad pleads guilty to involutary manslaughter in death of 2-month-old son; admits ceramic mug at baby's head (Canton, Ohio)

Appears that dad ANTHONY B. GROVE was aiming for the mom. Like that makes it any better....

Father admits killing infant with thrown mug

Anthony B. Grove, of Canton, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Wednesday for throwing a ceramic mug that hit his infants son in the head and caused the child's death. Grove was sentenced to eight years in prison in Stark County Common Pleas Court.

 Ed Balint staff writer

Posted Jun. 10, 2015 at 4:34 PM Updated Jun 10, 2015 at 6:15 PM

A Canton man will spend eight years in prison for throwing a ceramic mug during a heated argument that hit his infant son in the head, causing the child’s death.

Anthony B. Grove, 34, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony. The original charge was murder.

He also pleaded guilty to a count of endangering children. Grove had faced up to 11 years in prison on the involuntary manslaughter charge.

Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge Chryssa Hartnett accepted the plea agreement Wednesday, explaining she supported it because it keeps the boy’s mother from reliving the tragedy during courtroom testimony.

Investigators initially reported the child’s name as Zeeland Grove but court records use a slightly different spelling of Zeland.

“I’m really sorry this happened,” the defendant said in court, adding that he didn’t intend to harm the nearly 2-month-old child.