December 18, 2014

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Jesse Crum Sr. picked up by deputies and taken to Nord Center

AMHERST TWP. — A day after police reports revealed the mother of Jesse Crum Jr. and her boyfriend were charged from a 10-day-old spat that saw them screaming at one another on a city street, the dead child’s father was picked up by sheriff’s deputies and transported to the Nord Center for evaluation.

Jesse Crum Sr. was picked up by Lorain County Sheriff’s deputies this morning at an address in the 300 block of Taylor Street. The address was reportedly the home of a family member, according to Amherst Police Lt. Joseph Kucirek. Amherst police assisted deputies on the call, Kucirek said.

The Taylor Street address is located in Amherst Township but is largely surrounded by the city of Amherst, Kucirek said.

The sheriff’s department was contacted by personnel at the Nord Center, according to Lorain County Sheriff Capt. John Reiber.

“We were contacted by them,” he said. “They expressed some concern about his well-being and called us.”

Deputies went to the Taylor Street address where the found Crum and took him into custody to be taken to the Nord Center. Other details of the reasons for the center’s call to authorities were not available. Nord Center personnel were not reached for comment.

Reiber said that once Crum is released from the care of the Nord Center, he will be taken into custody by the sheriff’s department on a warrant for failure to pay child support.

“Once he’s cleared from the hospital, he will come here on our warrant,” Reiber said. “We have a hold on him once he’s released.”

Particulars of the warrant were not available, but Reiber said it was issued some time ago.

“It’s for failing to pay back child support,” he said.

Calls to Juvenile Court Administrator Doug Messer were not returned.

The incident Tuesday followed Monday’s release of a May 15 altercation between Alyson F. Sweany, mother of Jesse Crum Jr., and Peter Jones, 22, the woman’s boyfriend, that led to each being charged with disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct by intoxication. According to Amherst police reports, the pair was observed fighting and yelling at each other about 3 a.m. in the 100 block of Forest Hill Drive, where Jones’ parents reside.

Both appeared intoxicated, police said, and both denied having a confrontation with the other. The fight appeared to have been triggered by a dispute over finances, Kucirek said Monday.

It appears that Sweany and Jones no longer live with his parents on Forest Hill Drive, and may no longer live together, police said.

Sweany and Jones were living with his parents, Dallas and Therese Jones, at the time Jesse Crum Jr. suffered fatal head injuries March 12 after bookshelves he attempt to climb toppled over onto the three-year-old. The child was taken off life support and died five days later at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center.

No charges have been filed in connection with the child’s death, but Amherst police hope to wrap up their investigation and submit it to a county grand jury within a few weeks, Kucirek said.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.