April 17, 2014

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Dad of injured toddler had run-in with mom’s boyfriend

AMHERST — Last month, the father of a 3-year-old who remained in critical condition at a Cleveland hospital on Tuesday and the child’s mother’s boyfriend, who was accused of scalding the boy a year ago, had a confrontation on a city street, police said.

Police on Tuesday released the report describing the dispute involving Peter Jones, 22, and Jesse Crum Sr., the father of Jesse Crum Jr., who was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Friday after he suffered head injuries including cranial bleeding and bruising.

Jones, 22, is the boyfriend of the child’s mother, Alyson Sweany. He is awaiting sentencing on two counts of child endangering from a Jan. 5, 2009, incident in which the boy was scalded in water up to 170 degrees while Jones was baby-sitting, police have said.

That sentencing has been postponed while police investigate how Jesse Crum Jr. was injured Friday.

Family members and Jones’ lawyer, Donald Tittle, said it happened when the child — who was living with Jones and Sweany at the Forest Hill Drive home of Dallas and Theresa Jones — climbed on a set of bedroom bookcases that toppled. He seemed OK until at least a day later, they said. He was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Friday.

No arrests related to the boy’s injuries have been made, although Dallas and Theresa Jones each were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia following a search of the house last week.

Police said Jones was traveling southbound on South Leavitt Road on Feb. 15 when Jesse Crum Sr. drove up and made threats from another vehicle, Jones told police.

The report said Jones also told police that the elder Crum began to get out of his vehicle at the intersection of South Leavitt Road and Park Avenue, and that’s when Jones headed to the Amherst police station to file a report.

Crum pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated menacing the next day in Oberlin Municipal Court and later changed the plea to no contest to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct persisting, for which he was fined $359.

Police reports did not provide any details as to what provoked the incident. Amherst police Sgt. Dan Jasinski was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

Following the incident Friday, Lorain County Children Services took a 9-month-old child, Jesse Crum Jr.’s half-brother, into custody. He is the child of Jones and Sweany.