Galion man charged with assaulting baby

By Kimberly Gasuras -

A Galion man accused of assaulting a four-month-old baby girl is being held on a $2 million bond after appearing in Crawford County Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Mitchell T. Lawhun, 25, 410 Hensley Ave., is facing one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

“Different charges may be filed depending on whether or not the baby pulls through,” said Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew Crall.

Police reports show that the Galion Police Department received a call from Galion Community Hospital personnel on March 18 regarding a baby with a brain bleed.

Crall said the mother of the baby was at work, leaving the baby in the care of Lawhun, when the incident allegedly occurred and that she brought the baby to the hospital when she noticed injuries.

The baby was taken by medical helicopter to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where doctors found that she was suffering from a fractured skull and broken arm.

Lawhun offered police officers several different stories of how the injuries could have occurred to the child, but doctors treating the child said none correspond with her injuries. In court, Lawhun said that he was vacuuming while holding the child and dropped her. According to reports from the baby’s doctors, the injuries sustained are the result of child abuse or shaken baby syndrome.

Crall said a 2-year-old child, also left in the care with Lawhun at the time of the incident, has been placed temporarily with a family member.

Crall said the child bears Lawhun’s last name but he is not sure if Lawhun is the biological father.

Court records show that Lawhun was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to control, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and a seat belt violation on March 7. Lawhun also was charged with domestic violence in Richland County twice in 2014 with one of the charges being dismissed and the other being reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. He had two warrants out of Lexington for failure to appear and three probation violations from Richland County in 2015.

Judge Shane Leuthold ordered the $2 million bond based on the severity of the baby’s injuries and Lawhun’s criminal history.

Crall said he expects the case to be bound over to the Crawford County Grand Jury.

If convicted, Lawhun faces up to eight years in prison.

By Kimberly Gasuras

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