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Warren County man accused of assaulting 1-year-old

A Warren County man is charged with assaulting a 1-year-old girl he was giving a bath.

The infant apparently suffered head injuries in the incident on Feb. 14 at a duplex in Morrow, according to court records.

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Tyler Ward, 22, remained in the county jail Monday on $250,000 bond, charged with felonious assault and child endangering, according to court and jail records.

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According to an affidavit, Morrow police and the Salem Twp. Fire Department were dispatched at 3:22 p.m. on Feb 14 to the duplex in the 300 block of Second Street in Morrow about an infant that had stopped, but resumed, breathing.

Ward told a 911 operator the 1-year-old was in the tub for 30 seconds. He led emergency workers into the duplex where they found the mother holding the infant, throwing up a clear liquid, on the bed.

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Ward said he was bathing the infant when she defecated in the tub. Ward said he went for a towel to clean up the tub and found the girl face down and not breathing.

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A hospital examination showed the child had head injuries indicating she had been assaulted. At the hospital, the mother was observed texting Ward to warn him “not to say anything,” according to an affidavit filed in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Investigators seized a blanket, outfit, comforter and pillow cases, as well as a cellphone, pipes, grinders and several types of capsules, according to an inventory of property taken in a search.

Ward is scheduled to appear at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Warren County Court. His lawyer could not be reached Monday.

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