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Second arrest made in child abuse case

5-year-old boy found in ‘horrible’ situation at Warren home

WARREN — A second person now is charged with child endangering in a case investigated last month by Trumbull County Children Services alleging an underfed 5-year-old boy was being kept in the basement of an Austin Avenue NW home.

James Jethroe, 32, of Warren, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in Warren Municipal Court to the felony charge. Judge Terry Ivanchak ordered Jethroe not to have contact with children and set bond at $100,000. Trumbull County Jail records show Jethroe was booked into the facility about 7:40 p.m. Monday.

Ivanchak will preside over a preliminary hearing in Jethroe’s case at 10:15 a.m. Jan. 20.

The father of the 5-year-old boy said Tuesday his child now is safe and recovering after being released from Akron Children’s Hospital.

Officers were called shortly before 4 p.m. Dec. 21 to a home in the 200 block of Austin Avenue NW. The mother of the child refused to let officers in and didn’t let them see the child.

A police report indicates Jethroe also lived at the home at the time.

The child’s father, who lives in Kent, was advised of the situation, and children services was called.

According to the report, family members told police the child was covered in bruises, was not being fed and was kept in the basement.

The report states the child would be beaten after he tried to sneak upstairs during the night to get food. The report states cameras are set up in the house to alert the mother when he tried to come upstairs.

One Warren detective termed the situation found at the home “horrible”

The child’s mother, 31-year-old Canchata Allgood, has waived a preliminary hearing in Warren Municipal Court, records show, and her child endangering charge has been bound over to a Trumbull County grand jury. The report did not state how Jethroe is related to Allgood, but the police report on Dec. 21 shows that Jethroe lived at the Austin Avenue home.

Jail records show Allgood also is in custody pending the posting of a $100,000 bond.

The other children in the Austin Avenue home were placed in the custody of children services, the report states.

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