ELYRIA — An Elyria man who used a belt to beat two children attending a birthday party at his home pleaded no contest to assault during a hearing in Elyria Municipal Court on Friday.
Antonio Jenkins, 27, was fined $500, but $300 of that was suspended, according to court records. He also was given a six-month suspended jail sentence.
A woman called Elyria police in October to report that her children, ages 4 and 6, had returned from a birthday party with bruises on their backs and stomachs.
She sent Jenkins several text messages and he replied that the children had been swearing and throwing rocks at his house.