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Man pleads guilty to felonious assault in baby’s beating

Published: Thu, October 1, 2009 @ 1:00 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A 19-year-old Campbell man has pleaded guilty to felonious assault in the brutal beating of a South Side baby.

Jerbrail Ghrim entered his plea this morning before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in the July 17 beating of the 16-month-old Lucius Avenue baby.

The child, who was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital, was assaulted with a wire coat hanger, punched several times and held underwater in a bathtub, police reports said.

Ghrim, who is not related to the child, met the child’s mother two weeks before the beating, according to a family friend.

Natasha K. Frenchko, an assistant county prosecutor, recommended that Judge Krichbaum impose a four-year prison term on Ghrim when he is sentenced at 10 a.m. Dec. 2. The available sentencing range is two to eight years in prison.

Ghrim was arrested about a week after the beating following a routine traffic stop in Campbell. Judge Krichbaum revoked his bond this morning and he’ll remain jailed pending sentencing.


1Ladytaz0930(69 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

I only have one question how can a woman, let a man that she just met, watch her children? What was she doing or where did she go? She should go to prison with him and the county should take the children evidentally she is an unfit mother. Where is the father of this child at has he had a say in this or is the father MIA?

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2DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

How does attempted muder of an infant only carry an 8 year max? Cleary one can prove punching an infant several times and holding the infant under water is an attempt to murder the child.
4 years? Seriously?

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3DragonFly664(198 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Can we do the same to him??? He deserves all that and much much more. And where the mother is concerned, (if I can call her that) deserves the same treatment, Doctor maybe the baby "looked" at him wrong? Stupid stupid people.

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4joe1616(52 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Dr., the answer is because it wasnt attempted murder. He was charged with felonious assault.
See ya Jerbrail! Have a nice trip. Dont be surprised if Krichbaum imposes the max.

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5DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

My point is that they could/should have charged him with attempted murder. He plead guilty. Certainly the statute could be interpretted to charge him with that.

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