June 30, 2016

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Woman guilty of endangering

MEDINA — A former Montville Township woman who was accused of being aware of the abuse of her 30-day-old son last year was found guilty of two third-degree felony child endangering charges Monday.

Laura Grad also was found not guilty of two second-degree felony child endangering charges that alleged she played a role in the abuse.

Grad, 33, now of Lakewood, could face up to 10 years in prison. Her sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 31. Her husband, Kenneth Grad, who pled no contest in September to the abuse of their son, is awaiting sentencing.

Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman explained the two counts Laura Grad was convicted of state that she violated a duty of care, protection and support.

“What that says is she’s not the one who inflicted the injuries, but she did not try to get care fast enough or try to stop the injury from occurring,” he said.

The other two counts, of which she was acquitted, alleged she participated in the abuse of her son.

Kenneth Grad, 39, also of Lakewood, pleaded no contest in September to three counts of second-degree felony child endangering, three counts felonious assault, and two second-degree felony counts of child endangering. He had changed his plea from an original not guilty plea in July 2008.

Court records show that Kenneth Grad reportedly abused his and Laura’s son that was born in early May 2008 several times between late May and June 2008. The records show the boy’s doctors found “numerous injuries of various ages, including numerous fractures to different bones.”

Kenneth Grad originally was charged in the case in July 2008 and Laura Grad was charged in September 2008.

Her trial began Oct 13 of this year and concluded Oct. 27. “It was the length it needed to be given the nature of the evidence,” Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said before announcing his verdict on Laura Grad’s case. He said the prosecution called seven expert witnesses and the defense called one.

Kenneth Grad discharged his attorneys when he appeared for sentencing Oct. 30. At this time, he has not yet retained new counsel and a new sentencing date has not been set.

Holman said the Grad’s son and their 3-year-old daughter are in the custody of Medina County Job and Family Services and are staying with relatives. He said the boy has recovered.

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