June 27, 2016

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Infant abuse trial delayed again, postponed 20+ times

MEDINA — Medina County’s longest delayed trial was postponed again Monday because a defense attorney said he is too ill to represent his client, who’s accused of breaking two dozen bones in his newborn son’s body.

The trial of 43-year-old Kenneth Grad, formerly of Montville Township and now a Lakewood resident, has been delayed more than 20 times since he was indicted in July 2008.

Kenneth Grad

Kenneth Grad

Laura Grad

Laura Grad

This time, Grad’s attorney, Gerald Simmons, told the court he was going to withdraw from the case because of a heart condition.

In November — the last time the case was delayed — Simmons requested a continuance because he was scheduled for therapy sessions for his heart that overlapped with a previous court date.

Grad’s trial has been slowed as a result of plea changes, judge recusals and because he’s had at least 10 attorneys, each of whom needed time to prepare before going to trial.

Grad is charged with five counts of child endangering, three second- and two third-degree felonies, and three counts of second-degree felonious assault. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

He’s accused of lacerating his month-old son’s scrotum and breaking his collarbone, arms, wrists, fingers, ribs, feet, legs and skull.

His wife, 37-year-old Laura Grad, was convicted in 2009 on related charges and has completed her three-year prison sentence.

The boy, now 5, and his sister were adopted.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.