Charges dropped in shaken baby case

Charges were dismissed recently against a Fostoria man arrested for allegedly assaulting his infant daughter last month.

The Seneca County Grand Jury ruled Thursday there was insufficient evidence to indict Michael A. Vain, 51, 423 Stadium Dr., on a third-degree felony charge of child endangerment. Vain was arrested June 3 after Fostoria police officers witnessed him shaking and kicking a stroller containing his 3-month-old daughter near the West High Street Kroger store.

Francis Marley Jr., the attorney who represented Vain, said the case was presented to the grand jury after he and his client waived the right for a preliminary hearing in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

“The quicker we could get it to (common pleas court), the quicker we could find out if there was enough to indict him or not,” Marley said. “It was presented to the grand jury and they found insufficient evidence to indict him.”

According to Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno, officers received the call at approximately 8:01 a.m. June 3 in which the caller reported the abuse. When officers arrived on scene, Loreno said they too witnessed Vain shaking the stroller and repeatedly striking it on the ground.

Loreno said the child had a bruise above her right eye and was transported to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital and then to Toledo Children’s Hospital for treatment.

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