July 23, 2014

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Elyria man guilty of injuring infant son

Christian Vanmeter

Christian Vanmeter

MEDINA — A Medina County jury found a 20-year-old Elyria man guilty Thursday of purposely breaking his infant son’s leg.

Christian VanMeter will be sentenced by county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on June 23. VanMeter, who was convicted of felonious assault and child endangering, faces up to eight years in prison.

VanMeter’s attorney, Noah Munyer, said his client has not yet made a decision whether to appeal the verdict.

VanMeter’s attorneys argued at trial this week that he wasn’t the one who broke his baby’s leg — it was the chiropractor who cared for his 3½-month-old son.

But prosecutors said VanMeter broke his baby’s leg last June because he was frustrated when the child wouldn’t stop crying.

Police were alerted in early July when the infant was taken to an emergency room. Doctors said the child had a “spiral fracture,” a type of bone break that is indicative of abuse because it’s caused by twisting.

  • luvmytoaster

    UGH, seriously? Is this child 3 1/2 YEARS old or 3 1/2 months old? The dates just do not add up.

    Why did your 3 1/2 month (or year) old child need to see a chiropractor if not for the fact that you abused him…..

    • golfingirl

      When my children were 3 1/2 months old, they often asked me to set up an appointment with their chiropractor.

      Watching that spinning thing above their heads while laying in the crib would cause neck cramps, so they would tell me they needed treatment.

      Oh well….at least the jury didn’t buy his garbage and now he gets to spend “father’s” day in prison.

    • Amber

      His son had to see a chiropractor because of some deformity at birth.

  • Kim

    What a POS! I hope he gets max sentence! I hate people like this!

  • Scout

    At least the jury had the sense to see this for what it was and hopefully the judge will impose the full sentence. I know the attorney was just trying to do his job BUT I think he could have served his client better by suggesting he ‘man up’ for this horrible crime.

  • DonMega

    He’s gonna need a strong back in prison.