December 22, 2014

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Baby’s skull cracked during argument in Melvyn Lane home

ELYRIA — A 21-day-old baby was taken to the hospital after the newborn was reportedly stepped on during a domestic argument between the child’s mother, her boyfriend and her ex-boyfriend.

Lt. Chris Costantino said the child’s mother, Tonya McDonald, 23, was at home with her current boyfriend, Jeremy Gunter, who is the father of the child. McDonald’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her 3-year-old, John Buckles, reportedly came over to visit his child when he and Gunter began arguing.

Costantino said the baby was wrapped in a blanket on the floor at the time of the dispute. During the argument, someone stepped on the baby’s head, he said.

Detectives are investigating to determine who stepped on the baby.

Officers were initially called to the home in the 1100 block of Melvyn Lane at 8:41 p.m. No one was arrested at that time.

Costantino said, later, at 11:15 p.m., the parents discovered a red mark on the baby’s head, and the baby was taken to the hospital.

Doctors at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where the baby was transferred, determined that the child had a slight skull fracture. Costantino said the baby was still in the hospital Wednesday afternoon but was in good condition.

The child is expected to be released to a family member while the investigation is ongoing. The case will be forwarded to the Lorain County prosecutor’s office.

Costantino said Lorain County Children Services was contacted after the incident, but he did not know if the agency had been involved with the family in the past.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.