Man pleads not guilty in baby assault

Accused of hitting girl more than 50 times over 3-day span

WARREN — A man accused of assaulting an infant girl more than 50 times over a three-day period last month was arraigned Tuesday morning on two counts of felonious assault and two counts of child endangering.

Andrew J. Jacobs, 27, of 1951 Southern Blvd. NW, Warren, appeared with his court-appointed attorney Charles Mickens, who declared his client not guilty.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan set bond at $250,000 and ordered Jacobs to have no contact with the victim. Logan set a pretrial hearing for Oct. 13.

Jacobs was indicted after a Warren police investigation found a newborn with brain injuries and a broken bone. A Trumbull County 911 report shows police were called to an apartment in the 200 block of Willard Avenue SE about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 26 to investigate injuries to infant Skylo Jacobs.

Also charged in the case is the baby’s mom, Kathleen Long, 27, of 1546 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren, who Friday pleaded not guilty to two counts of child endangering.

Assistant Prosecutor Diane Barber said evidence in the case is strong, noting the baby was believed to have been abused over a three-day period. Barber said the infant was struck some 50 times, including blows to the head and blunt-force trauma to the liver.

A special session of the Trumbull County grand jury last week indicted both Long and Andrews.

Long had called 911 on Aug. 26 saying her baby had swollen eyes and bruises. She told dispatchers she had left her baby with her boyfriend for a couple of hours. The 911 report states that neighbors said they saw a man run out the apartment door.

Jail records show Jacobs, who authorities said is not the baby’s father, has been in custody since his arrest Aug. 27. If convicted of all charges, Jacobs could face a maximum of 32 years in prison. Long, who is still in custody, could face as much as six years in prison.

Barber said Andrews’ record includes a gross sexual imposition offense as a juvenile. He was also wanted on traffic offense warrants out of Chardon Municipal Court in Geauga County, Barber said.

Barber said the baby was hospitalized for three or four days at Akron Children’s Hospital with injuries that included retinal hemorrhages, a brain bleed, liver damage and bruises all over her body. She is now recovering in the custody of a paternal grandmother under the guidance of Trumbull County Children Services.


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