July 24, 2016

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Dad pleads no contest to abusing baby son

MEDINA — A Lakewood man pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges of abusing his 41-day-old son last year.

Kenneth Alex Grad, 39, originally pleaded not guilty to eight counts in July 2008 — three counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies, and five counts of child endangering, three of them second-degree felonies and two third-degree felonies.

Grad’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30. County Prosecutor Dean Holman said Grad could receive up to 34 years in prison.

Grad, formerly of Montville Township, abused his son several times between late May and mid-June 2008. The boy was born in early May.

The child was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital on June 17, 2008, where it was discovered he had 26 fractures and a lacerated scrotum, court records show.

“This child suffered pervasive injuries,” Holman said.

The boy and a 20-month-old girl were taken from Grad’s home into protective custody by Medina County Job and Family Services.

A trial for Grad was scheduled to begin in Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler’s court next week, but Holman said Grad decided to change his plea at a pretrial status conference Tuesday.

Holman said there was no plea agreement.

Grad’s wife, Laura Grad, 33, of Lakewood, also is charged with two second-degree felony and two third-degree felony counts of child endangering for allegedly being aware the abuse was occurring, court records show.

Holman said her case is pending jury trial.

Kenneth Grad is currently free on $150,000 bond and is not allowed contact with the victim. Laura Grad also is free on $150,000 bond and has supervised visitation with the boy.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.