MT. ORAB, Ohio — A 400-pound Ohio man has been charged in the death of his autistic step-grandson after pinning the boy down when he started acting up, cops said.
Donald Martin Jr., 58, was charged with reckless homicide in the death of 11-year-old Dylan Martin Davis on the family farm in rural Ohio last Friday, the Brown County Sheriff’s office said.
“It appears that the 11-year-old was deceased as a result of positional asphyxiation or compression,” Sheriff Gordon Ellis told WLWT-TV. “There was some type of altercation between the 11-year-old and his grandmother and the step-grandfather stepped in and restrained the juvenile.”
Prosecutors said the boy was held down for several minutes, after which he became unresponsive.
Police said the boy had had some kind of temper tantrum before the incident, and his father told the station his son had grown more prone to outbursts.
“He was getting older. Sometimes his anger was getting stronger and sometimes he had to be physically restrained,” Sam Davis said.
Davis said his son and Martin had always gotten along, so he was shocked by what had happened.
“I feel sad. I feel angry. I feel confused. I wish it never would have happened,” he said.
Martin was released on $100,000 bond.