November 24, 2014

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Two more indicted in Jesse Crum Jr. death

ELYRIA – Two more people have been indicted in connection with the death of 3-year-old Jesse Crum Jr. in March.

Dallas Jones, 55, and Therese Jones, 50, are each charged with three counts of endangering children. The Joneses own the Amherst home where Jesse was staying when he was injured.

Alyson Sweany, Jesse’s mother, was indicted last week on three counts of endangering children as well. She allegedly violated her duty to care for her child, according to prosecutors.

Jesse was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center on March 12, but died a few days later. He suffered head injuries caused by violence of an undetermined origin, according to the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office.

Sweany’s attorney has said Jesse was injured accidentally a few days before he was taken to the hospital. He had appeared normal until the day he was taken to the hospital, attorney John Chambers has said.

The Jones were also charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The couple, who were arrested this afternoon, are the parents of Peter Jones, who hanged himself in their home in June. He had been awaiting sentencing on charges of endangering children for scalding Jesse while giving the boy a bay in January 2009.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Chronicle.