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Norwalk man charged with murder

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:52 PM

A Norwalk man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the February death of his girlfriend's 10-month-old son.

Jeffrey Resor, 26, of Bouscay Avenue, is accused of shaking Donavan Lykins, the infant son of his then girlfriend, Gwen M. Herber, to death on Feb. 24, said Norwalk Assistant Law Director Stuart O'Hara. Resor allegedly shook the child while babysitting for Herber.

At the time of the child's death, authorities called the situation suspicious and mysterious and an autopsy was ordered.

Lykins died of shaken baby syndrome, according to an autopsy report from the Summit County Coroner's office that was tuned in to the Norwalk law director's office Thursday. O'Hara said the report indicated the death was a homicide.

On Feb. 24, the infant was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center after 1 a.m., then flown by helicopter to the Akron hospital, where he died.

A previous complaint of child abuse concerning bruises on Lykins had been reported by a concerned neighbor on Feb. 11.

O'Hara said Herber was not a suspect, nor was she believed to be involved in her son's death in any way. Authorities have not yet determined a suspected motive for Resor.

Resor was arrested without incident Thursday afternoon and his bond was set at $1 million. O'Hara said the bond was so high because Resor is considered a flight risk. Resor was also ordered to have no contact with any non-relative younger than 18.

If convicted, he could face 15 years to life in prison. He is currently in Huron County Jail.

O'Hara said the case will be presented to a Huron County grand jury sometime in the future. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said he could not comment because the case was ongoing.

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