Boy, 2, remains in critical condition

Police suspect he was beaten by mother's boyfriend
TNS Regional News
Feb 9, 2014


A 2-year-old boy who police suspect was beaten by his mother’s boyfriend in late January remains in is in critical condition, according to a report by Beacon Journal news partner WEWS in Cleveland.

Kurtis Mathes, 23, of Johnston Court, has been charged with child neglect and assault in the incident, according to police. He is being held in the Summit County Jail.

Mathes, who was babysitting Aiden Werner in the 500 block of Johnston Court, called 911 at about 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and reported Aiden had fallen down the stairs.

Aiden’s mother, Rhiannon Barnett, was working at the time of the incident.

Police and paramedics responding to the emergency call found the child unresponsive, the television station reported.

Aiden subsequently had emergency brain surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital, lasting more than 2 hours. WEWS reported that the boy had to be revived at one point during the surgery.

Authorities determined the injuries were not consistent with Mathes’ report and suspect the child had been beaten or was a victim of shaken baby syndrome.

Police said they would know more after looking at the results of an MRI performed Friday.


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im not sure why the hell all these moms just let who the hell ever watch their babies! im sure shes kicking herself in the rear about right now. unless of course she was involved like so many of them are... clearly you did not know the guy if you had known him something should have told you not to leave your baby with him. its never your boyfriends job to watch your baby. get a damn babysitter!

shovelhead's picture

How does a guy defend himself against this accusation? How do you say his injuries are consistent with shaken baby syndrome OR a beating? Not defending a bad guy, but was he bruised or shaken? Sounds like either way, the "authorities" have made up their minds.


kurtis mathes? the most expensive television, and worth it?

shovelhead's picture

That's awesome. Forgot about that one.