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Resor indicted on murder charge

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:53 PM

The Norwalk man accused of murdering his girlfriend's 10-month-old son "has a history of domestic violence and aggravated menacing," authorities said.

Jeffrey A. Resor, 26, of 33 E Bouscay Ave., was indicted Friday on one count of murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of child endangering.

Authorities have accused Resor of shaking Donavan Lykins, the infant son of his then girlfriend, Gwen M. Herber, to death on Feb. 24. Prosecutors have said Resor shook the child while baby-sitting for Herber, who was never considered a suspect in the case.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the problem of abuse, specifically shaking the child, was allegedly ongoing. Resor is further accused of having shaken the boy the day before his death, causing brain bleeding.

About 9:45 a.m. Feb. 24, children services investigator Robin Hunt reported possible child abuse involving the boy, Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple wrote in court records that were unsealed Friday. Temple filed a search warrant Feb. 26.

Police received a 9-1-1 call about 1:10 a.m. Feb. 24 from a male caller "who stated that the child (Donavan) was choking on his vomit and they needed EMS," Temple wrote.

A medical helicopter flew the infant from Fisher-Titus Medical Center to Akron Children's Hospital.

A social worker at Akron Children's Hospital reported Donovan was gravely ill with suspicious injuries and was not expected to survive.

The medical staff reported the boy "had hemorrhaging in his eyes," which was consistent with injuries related to shaken baby syndrome. The infant had been at Fisher-Titus twice within the previous two weeks, Temple continued.

Authorities seized 35 items from Resor's home, including a baby snow suit with stains, three towels, also with stains, Resor's boxer shorts, various sheets and a cushion with stains.

This is not Resor's first encounter with the law. The warrant states Resor has a criminal history that includes arrests for burglary and gross sexual imposition and convictions for assault and criminal trespassing.

In May 2005, Resor was in the Erie County Jail on charges of gross sexual imposition, burglary and telephone harassment.

On July 17, 2005, Norwalk officers arrested Resor and charged him with domestic violence and aggravated menacing. He was then turned over to the Sandusky Police Department.

Resor remains in custody at the Huron County Jail, unable to post a $1 million bond. If convicted of all three counts, he could face 23 years to life in prison.

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