Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dad with crimnal history of assault arrested for breaking leg of 9-month-old son (Lancaster, Ohio)

Very typical scenario. Dad with history of violent criminal behavior is typically unemployed/unemployable. In desperation, Mom drafts him to do infant care while she is at work. The predictable happens when father with no nurturing skills or empathy has responsibility for a baby: More violence...despite the denials. It's not rocket science, people.

And notice the typical "clueless daddy" move. Feigned ignorance about why the baby was crying and didn't do anything about getting medical help. Just complained to Mom about it and let her deal with it when she got home. Happens again and again.

Dad is identified as NICHOLAS A. SHAW SR.

Father accused of breaking infant son's femur

Spencer Roush, 8:48 p.m. EST January 28, 2015

LANCASTER – Accused of assaulting his 9-month-old son, a Lancaster man is facing multiple felony charges after an incident sent the infant to the hospital in November.

The infant's father, Nicholas A. Shaw Sr., 25, was arrested after Nationwide Children's Hospital sent a referral to the Lancaster Police Department requesting an investigation. The infant's mother brought the young boy to the Columbus hospital after she returned from work and saw the baby favoring one leg, according to the police report. The boy had a broken femur, the report said.

The mother told hospital officials she was at work in Lancaster when she received a call from her husband, saying their baby, Nicholas A. Shaw Jr., was crying for an unknown reason. She took the boy to the hospital hours later and told hospital officials she suspected Shaw had harmed their baby while she was gone, the report said.

On Wednesday, Shaw's wife, Helen Shaw, said she never made abuse accusations about her husband to hospital staff to prompt the referral to police.

"My son's leg might have gotten caught in the baby bed and he tried to get it out," she said, but was adamant that hurting their child would have been "completely out of character."

"He even hollers for his daddy," she said.

The infant was wearing a cast from the injury, but has since had it removed, she said.

Lancaster police investigated the claims and prosecutors took the case to a grand jury, which indicted him on multiple charges, including felonious assault and endangering children, both second-degree felonies, on Dec. 19. He also was indicted on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

Nicholas Shaw Sr. was arrested by Fairfield County Sheriff's Office deputies three days later.

According to court records, he has one previous misdemeanor assault conviction involving an incident May 23. He pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge in September in Fairfield County Municipal Court and was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 177 suspended. He was ordered to have only peaceful contact with the victim and two years of probation, in addition to a mental health/anger management assessment.

Nicholas Shaw Sr. is being held at the Fairfield County Jail on a $50,000 cash/surety bond for the November assault case. He is awaiting trial, which is scheduled for Feb. 17.