May 26, 2016

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Amherst couple plead not guilty in Jesse Crum Jr. death

ELYRIA — Dallas and Therese Jones, the Amherst couple accused of endangering children in the March death of Jesse Crum Jr., pleaded not guilty at their arraignments today.

Alyson Sweany, Jesse’s mother, pleaded not guilty last week to endangering children.

Jesse, 3, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on March 12 and died a few days later from head injuries. The injuries were caused by violence of an undetermined origin, according to the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office.

Sweany and her family maintain that Jesse was injured when items fell off a bookshelf he was climbing on a few days before he went to the hospital. The family and their attorneys have said the boy appeared fine and they took him to the hospital when he became lethargic.

The family of Jesse Crum Sr. has said they believe Jesse was beaten.

The Jones also pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from marijuana plants found growing in their Forest Hill Drive home while police were looking for evidence in connection with Jesse’s death.

Read Friday’s story for more on this story.

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