Warren investigating another death involving head trauma of boy, 3

Staff report


The Warren Police Department has another death to investigate involving a boy who suffered blunt force trauma to the head.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office says Amari D. Allen, 3, died May 8, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Amari was apparently taken from a home on Clearwater Street Northwest in the afternoon of May 5 and was on life support at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron with a traumatic brain injury later that night.

Hospital officials said the injury to the boy’s head was “nonaccidental.”

A woman told officials she observed the boy hit his head on the counter and floor. No one has been charged in Amari’s death, said Nick Carney, a Warren police detective.

Carney said he cannot discuss anything about the case because it’s still under investigation.

The initial police report was captioned “child endangering.” It didn’t say Amari had died, only that he had “unknown” injuries. His obituary was published May 14.

The case has similarities to one in which Russell Cottrill, 3, of High Street Northeast, was pronounced dead a couple days after he was taken from his home by ambulance with head injuries in November 2015.

Russell’s mother’s common-law husband, Arthur Harper, 45, was later charged with murder in the boy’s death. The case is still pending.

Amari’s obituary said he was the son of Samantha Jo Milakovich and Marlon D. Allen. He had two sisters and four brothers.

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