December 21, 2014

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Elyria man sentenced to 4 years in prison for breaking infant’s leg

Christian Vanmeter

Christian VanMeter

MEDINA — A 20-year-old Elyria man will spend four years in prison for breaking his infant son’s leg last year.

Christian VanMeter was found guilty of child endangering and felonious assault by a Medina County Common Pleas jury earlier this month. He faced a maximum punishment of eight years in prison.

He was sentenced Monday by Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

At trial, prosecutors accused VanMeter of breaking the leg of his 3½-month-old son while alone in a room with the baby.

According to testimony, the infant started crying after being with VanMeter and continued crying for several days afterward.

The baby’s mother said she and VanMeter took the infant to a family chiropractor, who testified he recognized something was wrong with the boy and suggested taking him to an emergency room.

VanMeter’s attorneys, Noah Munyer and Jeremy Samuels, argued in court that it was the chiropractor who hurt the child.

Prosecutors rejected that argument, saying the baby had a “spiral fracture” — a type of bone break that’s indicative of abuse because it’s caused by twisting.

VanMeter’s trial lasted three days and the jury deliberated about six hours before reaching a verdict on June 12.