Rio man indicted for attempted murder

By Dean Wright - [email protected]

Timothy Davis

Timothy Davis

GALLIPOLIS — An alleged baby-shaking incident has led to a Rio Grande man being indicted on multiple charges Monday, one of which is a first-degree felony charge for attempted murder of his infant daughter.

Timothy Davis, 32, of Rio Grande’s 30 block of Pine Street, stands charged with second-degree felonious assault, first-degree domestic violence, second-degree felonious child endangerment and first-degree attempted murder in Gallia County Court of Common Pleas as of Monday morning’s arraignment.

According to the Rio Grande Police Department, the 2½-month old girl was removed from the family residence the weekend of Dec. 5 when Gallia County EMS members discovered her to be unresponsive. Rio Grande police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Crimes Against Children unit spoke with family members that knew the child and decided that the girl’s father, Davis, had potentially caused unspecified injuries leading investigators to believe the child may have been shaken.

According to Rio Grande Police Chief Christopher Dodson, the baby was last known to be in critical but stable condition at a Huntington, W.Va., hospital.

“These types of crimes are very severe and every effort to prevent injuries to children will be taken and fully prosecuted,” said Dodson to media earlier this month.

Three other children had been removed from the Pine Street residence to be put in observation, according to police. Davis was last known by the Tribune to be in the Gallia County Jail and ordered to have no contact with either the mother of his child or the child.

Dodson thanked the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as well as the Crimes Against Children unit with BCI, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office as well as Gallia County Children’s Services for their efforts in assistance with the Davis’ case.

According to court records, Davis entered a plea of not guilty and his bond was set at $100,000 at 10 percent with an additional bond of $1,500 with a 10-percent secure. As part of the terms of the bond arrangement, he is to have no contact with law enforcement, law violations and must attend pretrial settlement conferences.

One such conference is scheduled for Jan. 8 at 8:15 a.m. The jury trial is anticipated to be Feb 3. at 9 a.m. if no plea agreements are reached.

The attempted murder charge questions whether Davis violated Ohio Revised Code section 2923.02(A). Attempted murder charge convictions can potentially result in sentences of five to 30 years, but may also be longer in conjunction with other crime convictions or extenuating case circumstances.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

Timothy Davis Davis

By Dean Wright

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