UPDATE: Belpre man charged with child endangering waives preliminary hearing

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BELPRE, Ohio - UPDATE: 06//21/2017 4:25 P.M.

A Belpre man accused of "bouncing" his 2-month-old son so hard he had to be hospitalized will remain free while his case is presented to a grand jury.

Graeme Alexander, 27, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon in Marietta Municipal Court, and his case was bound over to Washington County Common Pleas Court.

Alexander has been out of jail since posting a $100,000 bond, which remains in effect after it was continued today.

While he's out of jail, Alexander is not allowed to have contact with the child, who is in foster care.

Alexander was charged with felony child endangerment on June 13 after authorities say his son ended up at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus on two separate occasions with medical signs that he had been violently shaken.

Authorities say the most-recent incident occurred on June 7 at Alexander's home on Leonard Avenue in Belpre. Court documents say the first incident occurred about two weeks before that.

When questioned about the June 7 incident, Alexander told Washington County Sheriff's Deputies he had been having trouble getting his son to stop crying, so he " bounced" him until he stopped.

That's when Alexander says the baby turned pale and blue and began choking, prompting Alexander to take him to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

The child's mother told authorities that Alexander was home alone with the baby in both instances.


UPDATE: 6/16/2017, 11:10 A.M.

The father of a Belpre man charged with felony child endangerment was arrested after he posted on Facebook that he would use an AK-47 assault rifle to harm Washington County Sheriff’s deputies.

On Wednesday, Washington County Sheriff’s deputies received information via Facebook pertaining to disturbing messages being posted by Phil Alexander, who lives in Mills River, North Carolina, and is the father of Graeme Alexander, who was recently arrested in Belpre on a felony child endangerment charge.

Detectives say several of the messages contained explicit, adult content and derogatory words towards Marietta Memorial Hospital staff and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies.

One post alluded to Phil buying an AK-47 assault rifle, traveling to Washington County and shooting members of the Sheriff’s Office.

The posts further stated he would much prefer murder with his bare hands, which he states he is trained to do, and made mention of “MY KID” being arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Washington County deputies contacted the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, in Hendersonville, NC, where Phil Alexander was known to be living. Henderson County Detectives said Phil had recently made posts on Facebook
about their agency also, and they were investigating him.

After obtaining a North Carolina driver’s license photo of Philip Lee Alexander, Washington County deputies determined he is the same person in the photographs displayed on “Phil Alexander’s” Facebook page where the disturbing posts were made.

A 3rd degree felony warrant for Retaliation was then issued by Marietta Municipal Court for Philip Lee Alexander, of Mills River, North Carolina.

Henderson County, North Carolina Sheriff’s deputies arrested Philip Lee Alexander, and he is in jail there, on a $75,000 bond.

Philip Alexander's son, 27-year-old Graeme Alexander, of Belpre, was released Wednesday from the Washington County Jail after paying his $100,000 Personal Recognizance Bond.

Graeme is also not allowed to have any contact with his 2-month old child, who is now in a foster home.

Graeme was charged with felony child endangerment on June 7, after Washington County Sheriff's deputies say his 2-month-old son ended up at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus on two separate occasions, with two brain bleeds and multiple retinal hemorrhages, which are medical signs a baby has been violently shaken.

When questioned, Graeme told deputies he had been having trouble getting his son to stop crying, so he "bounced" him until he stopped crying.

That's when Graeme says the child turned pale and blue and began choking, prompting Alexander to drive him to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Graeme's next court appearance will be June 21, in Washington County Court.


UPDATE: 6/14/2017, 1:57 P.M.

27-year-old Graeme Alexander, of Belpre, has been released from the Washington County Jail after paying his $100,000 Personal Recognizance Bond.

Alexander is also not allowed to have any contact with his 2-month old child, who is now in a foster home.

Alexander was charged with felony child endangerment on June 7, after Washington County Sheriff's deputies say his 2-month-old son ended up at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus on two separate occasions, with two brain bleeds and multiple retinal hemorrhages, which are medical signs a baby has been violently shaken.

When questioned, Alexander, told deputies he had been having trouble getting his son to stop crying, so he "bounced" him until he stopped crying.

That's when Alexander says the child turned pale and blue and began choking, prompting Alexander to drive him to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Alexander's next court appearance will be June 21, in Washington County Court.


UPDATE: 6/14/2017, 10:21 A.M.

A Belpre father, charged with felony child endangerment for shaking his infant son violently enough to cause brain injuries, had bond set Wednesday in Marietta Municipal Court.

A $100,000 Personal Recognizance bond was set Wednesday in Marietta Municipal Court for 27-year-old Graeme Alexander.

Alexander was arrested by Washington County Sheriff's deputies after an incident on June 7 at the family's home on Leonard Avenue in Belpre. The child's mother was working at the time.

Court documents say deputies began investigating after the child was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital that day and was later transferred to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

The documents also say hospital officials found evidence of two brain bleeds and multiple retinal hemorrhages.

The injuries are believed to have happened at separate times.

The child was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital approximately two weeks earlier with similar symptoms.

When questioned, the child’s father, Graeme Alexander, told deputies he had been having trouble getting the child to stop crying, so he "bounced" him until he stopped crying.

That's when Alexander says the child turned pale and blue and began choking, prompting Alexander to drive him to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Alexander is now charged with a second-degree felony of child-endangering.

The child is currently in custody of Washington County Children Services.


ORIGINAL STORY: 6/13/2017, 5:58 P.M.

A 2-month old baby is in the custody of Washington County Children's Services after deputies say his father shook him violently, causing brain injuries.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says it happened on June 7 at the family's home on Leonard Avenue in Belpre. The child's mother was working at the time.

Court documents say deputies began investigating after the child was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital that day and was later transferred to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

The documents also say hospital officials found evidence of two brain bleeds and multiple retinal hemorrhages.

The injuries are believed to have happened at separate times.

The child was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital approximately two weeks earlier with similar symptoms.

When questioned, the child’s father, Graeme Alexander, told deputies he had been having trouble getting the child to stop crying, so he "bounced" him until he stopped crying.

That's when Alexander says the child turned pale and blue and began choking, prompting Alexander to drive him to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Alexander is now charged with a second-degree felony of child-endangering.

The child is currently in custody of Washington County Children Services.



 
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