Resor pleads not guilty

A Norwalk man denied murdering his then-girlfriend's baby and faces a June 26 trial. Jeffrey A. Resor, 26, of 33 E. Bouscay Ave., is accused of shaking Donavan Lykins, the infant son of his then girlfriend, Gwen M. Herber, to death while baby-sitting Feb. 24. Prosecutors have said Herber was never considered a suspect in the case.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

 

A Norwalk man denied murdering his then-girlfriend's baby and faces a June 26 trial.

Jeffrey A. Resor, 26, of 33 E. Bouscay Ave., is accused of shaking Donavan Lykins, the infant son of his then girlfriend, Gwen M. Herber, to death while baby-sitting Feb. 24. Prosecutors have said Herber was never considered a suspect in the case.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Resor and Herber became a couple in December.

"She said she had known of him for a number of years," he added.

Resor is further accused of having shaken Donavan the day before his death, causing brain bleeding, and in ongoing incidents before the boy died, Leffler said last week.

About 9:45 a.m. Feb. 24, a children services investigator reported possible child abuse involving Donavan, Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple wrote in a search warrant filed Feb. 26.

Police received a 9-1-1 call about 1:10 a.m. from a male caller who reported Donavan "was choking on his vomit and they needed EMS," Temple wrote.

The boy, described as gravely ill, was flown by medical helicopter from Fisher-Titus Medical Center to Akron Children's Hospital. A hospital social worker later said Donavan had 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 (SBS). The infant had been at Fisher-Titus twice within the previous two weeks, Temple wrote. Resor's defense attorney, K. Ronald Bailey, said SBS cases are "fairly rare." Bailey said he wouldn't describe the suspect as violent.

The attorney hadn't seen a criminal history report on his client or any of the evidence in the case as of Tuesday's arraignment.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Earl McGimpsey said he will oversee Resor's May 7 pretrial hearing, but would request the Ohio Supreme Court appoint a visiting judge for the trial.

McGimpsey is retiring in mid-May. Judge-elect Jim Conway was the Norwalk Law Director when police filed the original complaint against Resor.

On Friday, a grand jury indicted Resor on one count each of murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering.

He 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

Not at all surp...

I knew Jeff in high school and middle school. He was an unusual kid, I never saw any violence from him though, he was just a very perverted individual. If he did shake that baby, God will take care of him.

Casual Observer...

"Bailey said he wouldn't describe the suspect as violent." What else should we expect out of the lowest of life creatures - defense attorney's in murder cases. Does Mr. Bailey live on the same planet as everyone else in Huron County? Jeff's 'rapsheet' only includes some of the violent situation's he has put himself into - there are many situations that have not been reported, as anyone that has crossed paths with Jeff probably has a negative story to tell.

innocent until ...

I've been shocked by the number of comments on this Web site that have ignored one of the basic principles of American justice, innocent until proven guilty. It is quite possible Resor did commit this terrible act, but seeing as how I wasn't there, I'm not about to assume anything. It would be nice if everyone could let the facts play out in court before deciding someone's fate.

donavan has a w...

donavanlykins.wetpaint.com

Justice will se...

I have run into Jeff over the years, and he has always had issues. If my memory serves me correctly he was in a special program at school for behavioral issues. So I guess he has always been a ticking time bomb. I have sympathy for the mother of the child, but how could she not protect her child from such a violent person. Come on the warning signs have always been present!!!

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