An Arlington man who is accused of murdering a 2-year-old boy told different accounts of what happened to the child, a police sergeant testified Wednesday.
Brent R. Houdeshell is accused of killing Breydon Ferrell, the son of Houdeshell’s former fiancee, on March 31, 2016, at a Findlay apartment.
Houdeshell, 29, was watching Breydon and called 911 at about 8 p.m. that night. Police said Houdeshell told them the child had fallen out of his crib.
The boy was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Prosecutors say an autopsy done on the boy revealed extensive injuries, including a severe skull fracture, brain injury, two liver lacerations, and a spiral fracture in his left leg.
During the third day of Houdeshell’s trial in Hancock County Common Pleas Court, Findlay police Sgt. Brian Dill testified Wednesday that Houdeshell gave different accounts of what happened to Breydon.
Houdeshell initially told Dill that he was in a separate room when he heard the boy fall out of his crib, and went to check on him, Dill testified.
However, Houdeshell also told Dill that when Breydon fell, the boy hit his head on the side of a desk, and also hit a toy train close to the crib, Dill said.
Houdeshell also said the boy lunged at him, acting as though he wanted to be picked up, which caused the boy’s fall, Dill testified.
Dill said Houdeshell appeared calm when he spoke with police.
Dill testified that the crib the child was in did not appear to be an appropriate height for the child.
In other testimony Wednesday, a Findlay firefighter said when he arrived at the apartment at 2030 Breckenridge Road, Apt. 3, he believed the boy was already dead.
Findlay firefighter Matthew Morgan said he, along with fire Capt. Matt Cooper, arrived immediately after Findlay Patrolman Eric Lehman, the first on the scene.
Morgan said the child was on the floor at the foot of a bed in the master bedroom.
Morgan told jurors he scooped up the child and took him outside to an ambulance, walking briskly. Morgan said the boy was naked, unresponsive, not breathing, and cool to the touch.
“I believed him to be deceased,” Morgan said.
Morgan said he saw bruising on the child’s buttocks, legs and back, and what may have been vomit around his mouth.
Cooper testified that there was also bruising on the child’s feet.
Courier crime reporter Eileen McClory will have more on Thursday.