By joe gorman
Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Friday a mentally impaired Ellsworth man who was missing in July was really running away from abuse he suffered in his sister’s home.
Detective Pat Mondora said 24-year-old Scott McCrory told detectives his sister’s husband would discipline him by shooting him with a BB gun or blow-dart gun. Mondora said McCrory told his story after his father took him to St. Elizabeth Health Center to be examined after he had run away from home.
“It kind of made us mad,” Mondora said of hearing McCrory’s story.
Indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury Thursday was Heather K. Wymer, 30, and Michael Wymer, 35, both of North Palmyra Road, on the charges of assault, two counts of domestic violence and four counts of failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.
The two are not yet in custody, Mondora said. He said deputies went to arrest them after they were indicted and they were not at their home. Heather Wymer is McCrory’s sister, and McCrory stayed with her because his father was a long-distance truck driver who was gone for a long time, Mondora said.
McCrory went missing from his sister’s home July 24. His sister had said at the time that he was mentally impaired and that he had gone missing before but never for a long period of time. His father found him two days later at Eastwood Mall in Niles and took his son to the hospital to be examined, which is when detectives were called.
“The medical exam confirmed his story,” Mondora said.
Mondora said the sister never shot at McCrory but she did slap him. When interviewed by detectives, Heather McCrory denied everything, Mondora said.
Mondora said the abuse had been going on for at least three years.
Heather Wymer has no criminal record, according to the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court website. Her husband has several traffic offenses and a 1996 bad-checks charge in county court in Boardman for which he received probation.
Mondora said McCrory is now with his father and is doing well. He said he has never dealt with a case such as the abuse McCrory has suffered.
“He’s very happy with his dad now,” Mondora said.