Resor indicted on murder charge

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.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

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.

Comments

TommyD (Anonymous)

Maybe if our society would decriminalize victimless crimes like marijuana possession, there would be room in our prisons for real monsters like this guy. Why was he not in prison?

i'd rather not....

just thinking out loud here, but i wouldn't be surprised if there is an attempt to get a change of venue in this case, it is going to be extremely difficult to gain an impartial jury in a town / county where is seems like everyone knows a Resor or two.

No Thanks (Anon...

How can a baby be at Fisher Price twice in two weeks and nobody notice a problem?

father of an an...

i agree with "no thanks" I don't think anyone at fisher-titus or new begginings knows how to take care of a child

Rebecca Absher ...

If this child had been to Fisher-Titus twice within' 2 wks. why didn't the hospital get concerned with cause of injuries (if that was the case?) And..if there were indications of this...why did the mom let Resor babysit- shouldn't she answer for that? Not accusing..just wondering the rest of the story.
As far as telephone harassment and burglery - that has nothing to do with this! The domestic violence and gross sexual conduct might! I hate when your whole past is listed in the paper. The point is: he did it- he should go to prison for LIFE! And I'm curious to know what Mom was thinking-and why there isn't anything in the paper about that.

Hoping and pray...

I'm hoping and praying that the system will not fail Donavan AGAIN! When are charges going to be filed on the mother? If neighbors cared enough to get involved and make a report, why didn't his mother care enough to protect him? Isn't that child endangerment? The autopsy showed the abuse was on going. And what about the people at FTMC, that are mandated by law and trained to identify child abuse? And what about "Norwalk's Finest"? Why didn't they see the signs of abuse when they had a report filed and pictures brought to the station more than a week before Donavan's death? They certainly have had enough dealings with Jeff Resor to know that he is a loose cannon! Don't get me wrong Jeff should pay for what he did, but there are other people also responsible for this tragedy! Let's all hope and pray together that Donavan will have some justice and be able to rest in peace!

She should be a...

The mother should be charged here! Anyone who was at the after funeral luncheon saw that! Supposed to be a greeving mother, instead she was in her very revealing spaghetti strap shirt and shooting pool with her friends! She acted like she was at a big party and she was the guest of honor! Sure she shed some tears at the funeral home, but hopefully that was her conscious getting to her for not protecting her baby's life! She was constantly making comments about how she couldn't wait for the viewing to be over so she could start partying! Is there a criminal charge for being selfish and heartless?

Kitty Ann (Anon...

OK THINK OF THIS!!!

I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THE APARTMENT COMPLEX THAT GEWN AND RESOR WERE LIVING IN IS GOVT HOUSING.

IT WAS GWENS RESONSIBILITY TO REPORT RESOR LIVING WITH HER....

IF GWEN DID DO THAT ......................

THEN IT WAS UP TO THE APARTMENT COMPLEX MANAGER TO DO A BACKGROUD CHECK ON EVERY AND ALL TENANTS THAT RESIDE ON HER PROPERTY. THE MANAGER TOLD ME THAT SHE HAD BEEN THERE SINCE 1994 SO SHE SHOULD HAVE KNOW PROTOCAL....

IF SHE RAN A BACKGROUD CHECK ................
SHE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN BACK ALL OF HIS ARREST RECORDS FROM THE SANDUSKY POLICE DEPT. AND NORWALK POLICE DEPT..

SO NOT ONLY SHOULD GWEN BE CHARGED WITH A CRIME.....

SO SHOULD THE APARTMENT COMPLEX MANAGER.........

I SHOULD KNOW...... I LIVE IN THE SAME KIND OF APT. AND THAT DONAVAN WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO RESOR.

SIDE NOTE..DONAVAN WAS MY DAUGHTERS COUSIN!!

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none of ur buss...

kitty ann u are nuts it wasn't gwen's apartment it was jeff's apartment. gwen was moving in with him. not him moving in with her u need to get your information right cause everything u are writing is mostly lies.

Family (Anonymous)

The apartment was Jeff's not Gwens. So there for she moved in with him.So why don'tyou people just keep your comments to your self. If you do not know then don't say anything. There are alot of people hurt over all of this, but the truth will all come out. An I pray to God when it does that everyone that has bad mouth people are man or woman enought to stand up an say I am sorry for saying what I said. May God be with each an every one of you. An what goes around comes around.

Family (Anonymous)

For the ones who want to bad mouth on the Resor's, well you better take a look at your own back steps. Because there are bad one's in each family.So to all of you who don't know what really happen should keep there mouth shut.

gwen's family (...

there is alot of people hurt over all of this. most of the people that are leaving comment don't even know what is going on with anything just what they read. so if your life is so boring and thats all u have to do is get on here and say stuff about everyone then i sorry for your life.

Peter Pan (Anon...

If the mother was dumb enough to even live with a guy like that, something was bound to happen sooner or later. Maybe it's better the baby didn't have to live that kind of life, and got to go to Heaven where he is safe. It's sad.

i'd rather not....

i see a change of venue in this case, too many people in this town and county know at least one resor. a jury would be difficult to put together here.

i really don't know any resors personally but i know a lot of people that do.

i also really don't know a whole lot about this case other than what has been in the papers and since i've read them, that would eliminate me from jury consideration - thank god!

no killers in m...

to family: you might be right, there are black sheep in everybodys family. but as far as i know none of my family is a baby killer!

confused (Anonymous)

Since when does Bouscay Ave. apartments rent to single men? I used to live there in 1994 and 1995. I would not have been allowed to move in at all if I didn't have kids in my custody, or if I had a bunch of convictions. I don't personally know Jeff or Gwen but I do know first hand the process of getting an apartment there. If management knew about Jeff living there, a backround check would have been done and Gwen would have had to give up Jeff or the apartment. She should have reported him living there. Management would have then told her why HE couldn't stay there and maybe she wouldn't have left her kids with him. She may not have known about his backround.

as i said befor...

it was jeff's apartment not gwen's he got it cause of his kids

BULL (Anonymous)

The only way they would have given him an apartment there is if he had CUSTODY of his kids! HE DON"T!

anti (Anonymous)

maby the prosecutor should add fraud charges to jeff, for lying about custody of his kids