April 23, 2014

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Home where boy was scalded is vandalized

AMHERST — “Baby killer” was scrawled in black spray paint Thursday along the yellow siding of the Forest Hill Drive home where 3-year-old Jesse Crum Jr. lived and where he allegedly received the injuries that led to his death Wednesday after he was removed from life support.

No one has been charged in connection with Jesse’s death, and Amherst police Sgt. Dan Jasinski said in an e-mail Friday that he had no details to release on the investigation. He did not return a call seeking comment on the vandalism.

Powell Cesar, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, said autopsy results are expected next week.

Jesse was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on March 12 with cranial bleeding and bruises on his body.

It wasn’t the first time the boy had been taken to MetroHealth for serious injuries. Last January, he was hospitalized for nearly two weeks after he was scalded by bathwater while Sweany’s boyfriend, Peter Jones, was baby-sitting him.

Jones, 22, has pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangering and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

Jesse’s most recent injuries came when he knocked over a bookcase while trying to climb the shelves to get some stickers, according to his maternal grandmother, Carol Reinhard.

Reinhard declined to comment Friday about the vandalism at the Jones house.

She said earlier this week that Jesse told her he was hit by falling textbooks and a laptop computer, but he didn’t appear to have any problems other than that and she took him to a pond the day after the incident.

There has been friction between Jesse Crum Sr. and the boy’s mother, Alyson Sweany. Although they agreed to allow Jesse to be taken off life support and to donate his organs, they said their goodbyes separately. Sweany said they will have separate memorial services to avoid interacting with each other.

Isaac Jones, the 8-month-old son of Sweany and Peter Jones, has been placed in foster care while the investigation in his half-brother’s death continues. Lorain County Children Services sought custody of the boy Monday.

The agency had closed its case on Jesse in August after determining that Sweany was complying with their suggestions and recommending to her that Jones not be left alone with Jesse.

Jones’ parents, Dallas and Theresa Jones, have both been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after police discovered marijuana plants at their home while conducting a search warrant.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or braddicken@live.com.
Contact Melissa Hebert at 329-7129 or mrhmeola@gmail.com.