Father charged in child’s death

Staff report


A 32-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the Feb. 10 death of his 5-week-old child.

The suspect, Matthew Lee Wilson, was arrested Saturday in Minerva by Niles police detectives.

Wilson is being held without bond in the Trumbull County Jail, according to a Niles police press release. He is scheduled for a video court arraignment Tuesday in Niles Municipal court.

Niles police said the Niles Fire Department and Lane Ambulance responded to a medical call on the 1000 block of Bellair Court about 2:19 p.m. Feb. 10 for what was reported as a baby with a heart condition.

The child was transported to and later died at Akron Children’s Hospital.

A press release issued by police Saturday says Akron Children’s called police Feb. 11 to report a case of possible abuse in reference to one of its patients. Soon after that, a joint investigation by Niles police detectives, Trumbull County Children’s Services and the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office was initiated.

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