Rio man charged with shaking baby

Staff Report

RIO GRANDE — A Gallia County man has been arrested in connection with an assault on a 2 ½-month old girl.

Timothy Scott Davis, 32, of the 30 block of Pine Street, Rio Grande, was arrested and charged with causing physical harm to a child, a second-degree felony.

According to Rio Grande police, the child was taken from the home by Gallia County EMS when she was found unresponsive. Rio Grande police, with the assistance of the Crimes Against Children unit of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, interviewed family members who had contact with the child and determined that Davis, the father, had allegedly shaken the child and caused unspecified injuries to her.

“These types of crimes are very severe and every effort to prevent injuries to children will be taken and fully prosecuted,” said Rio Grande Police Chief Christopher Dodson.

According to Dodson, the child is in critical but stable condition at a Huntington, W.Va., hospital.

Because of the incident, three additional children were removed from the home for observation, Dodson said. Davis is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail on a $250,000 (10 percent or surety) bond per Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins’ office. He is also ordered to have no contact with the child or mother.

A preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Dodson credited the Ohio Attorney General Office and its Crimes Against Children unit attached with BCI, Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins and Gallia County Children’s Services with their assistance in Davis’ arrest

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