A Portsmouth man is charged with the kidnapping and severe injury of a child following an incident at an apartment in the city.
Jared Stanley, 24 of 1810 F Kendall Ave., is charged with kidnapping, a felony of the first degree; endangering and abusing a child, a felony of the second degree and two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies.
The Portsmouth Police Department is continuing an investigation into what is being described as a domestic assault that occurred in Wayne Hills Thursday night and resulted in serious injury to a 2-year-old child.
Portsmouth police officer James Bell reportedly responded to the 1700 block of Kendall Ave., at about 2:34 a.m., Friday on a report of a male subject holding a 2-year-old child away from its mother while trying to extort money from her to buy drugs.
Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said Bell spoke with Jamie Reed, 21, of 1810 F Kendall Ave., and said Reed told him that her boyfriend, Jared Stanley, who resides with her, was holding her child in their apartment and refused to let her in or let her have the child until she gave him money to buy drugs. Reed told Bell that Stanley had said if she called the Police he would kill the child.
Officer Bell requested backup as he responded to the 1810 Kendall Ave. location and was joined by Lieutenant Jason Hedrick and Shawnee State University police officer Eddie Combs. Brewer said the officers went to 1810 Kendall Ave., and attempted to enter the apartment to check on the welfare of the child. Officers attempted to enter the apartment with a pass key but found that the doors had been barricaded from the inside.
“Officers forced entry to the apartment and found the child lying on a mattress under a blanket in an upstairs bedroom,” Brewer said. “Officers immediately observed multiple injuries on the child and Portsmouth Ambulance was called to the scene to provide medical treatment for the child.”
Officers reportedly found Stanley hiding in a closet in the same bedroom as the child. They said he had buried himself under a pile of clothes trying to hide from officers. Stanley was taken into custody by officers and transported to the Portsmouth Police Department for questioning.
The 2-year-old boy was transported to the Southern Ohio Medical Center emergency room for initial treatment and then taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The injuries, while severe, are not considered to be life threatening.
Stanley was transported to the Scioto County Jail where he was held until his arraignment in Portsmouth Municipal Court Friday morning. The case will now be presented to the Scioto County grand jury where it is expected that additional charges will be filed.
The investigation has been assigned to Lieutenant Mike Hamilton of the Portsmouth Police Department Detective Division and is asking anyone with information concerning the investigation to contact Hamilton in the Detective Division at 740-354-1600 or the Police Department dispatch line at 740-353-4101.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.