July 24, 2016

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Jury finds man, 20, guilty of abusing his infant son

Christian Vanmeter

Christian Vanmeter

MEDINA — A Medina County jury found a 20-year-old Elyria man guilty Thursday of purposely breaking his infant son’s leg.

Christian VanMeter will be sentenced by county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on June 23. VanMeter, who was convicted of felonious assault and child endangering, faces up to eight years in prison.

VanMeter’s attorney, Noah Munyer, said his client has not yet made a decision whether to appeal the verdict to the 9th District Court of Appeals.

“That’s probably going to happen,” Munyer said, “but it’ll be up to his parents and him.”

Munyer’s co-counsel, Jeremy Samuels, declined to comment.

VanMeter’s attorneys argued at trial this week that he wasn’t the one who broke his baby’s leg — it was the chiropractor who cared for his 3½-month-old son.

But prosecutors said VanMeter broke his baby’s leg last June because he was frustrated when the child wouldn’t stop crying.

Police were alerted in early July when the infant was taken to an emergency room. Doctors said the child had a “spiral fracture,” a type of bone break that is indicative of abuse because it’s caused by twisting.

VanMeter’s trial began Monday and lasted through Wednesday. The jury deliberated Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning before reaching a verdict.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

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.