Father pleads not guilty to abusing infant daughter in Warren

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A man charged with hurting his infant daughter in Warren pleaded not guilty.

David Smith, Jr., 33, appeared for his arraignment Wednesday via video. He is charged with felony child endangering, accused of abusing his 2-month-old daughter. Bond was set at $250,000.

Police arrested Smith on Tuesday following an investigation into injuries found on the child. She was taken to St. Joseph Hospital on Friday.  

Investigators say the girl had a human bite mark on her leg and healing fractured ribs.

A police report lists the abuse location as a home in the 1300 block of Trumbull Avenue S.E.

“I’ve never worked a case with a suspect biting a 2-month-old,” said Detective Nick Carney.

This isn’t the first time Smith has been charged with endangering children. He was booked into jail 12 years ago after his 7-month-old son was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital with injuries.

At the time, Smith told police he fell on the boy. He pleaded guilty to endangering charges in 2007 and sentenced to five years in prison.

“The past case included broken bones of a child less than one year old and bite marks,” Carney said.

As a condition of Smith’s bond in connection to the most recent case, he can’t have any contact with his daughter.

As of Wednesday, the girl is still in Akron Children’s Hospital main campus but is expected to be okay.

“The child is doing a lot better. She has gained weight since being at Akron Children’s and children services is working with the mother of the child to work out what they call a safety plan,” Carney said.

Smith is expected back in court next week.        

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