According to the sheriff’s office, an emergency 911 call was received on Oct. 16 from Southern Ohio Medical Center, in Portsmouth, reporting they had a 10-month old patient suffering injuries consistent with child abuse. Deputies and detectives from the sheriff’s office responded to the SOMC emergency room and spoke with the mother of the child.
The victim was later transported to Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, for her injuries. Her current condition is unknown at this time.
Deputies were able to get a location on a possible suspect — the mother’s boyfriend, William Journey, 26, of West Portsmouth — and responded to a West Portsmouth location where Journey was found was arrested on a parole violation. He was brought into the sheriff’s office for further investigation.
Journey was being held Saturday in the Scioto County Jail on a parole violation, and one count of second-degree child endangerment. He was being detained with no bond, and will appear in Portsmouth Municipal Court Monday.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini credited the successful apprehension of the suspect as part of the direct result of the joint effort between the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, Children Services and Southern Ohio Medical Center. Donini asks anyone with information regarding this case to contact Det. Jodi Conkel at (740) 351-1091. All calls will remain anonymous.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235, or e-mail email@example.com.