Staff Writer

The death of a Findlay baby, 17-month-old Osiris Anthony Scott Walters, was ruled a homicide caused by a head injury, according to a report from the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.

The report was provided to The Courier on Wednesday, after Johnathon C. Suber was indicted for murder, an unclassified felony, on Tuesday.

Suber was also indicted for endangering children, a second-degree felony, by a Hancock County grand jury.

He allegedly harmed the baby on June 19, 2018, while the child’s mother was at work. Suber was dating the boy’s mother, but he was not the child’s father.

The baby died July 4, 2018, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, and the autopsy was performed in Franklin County on July 5.

The homicide was caused by a “closed head injury,” according to the report, which also referred to “nonaccidental head trauma.”

A closed head injury means the head suffered a blow or violent movement, and nothing penetrated the skull or brain.

The head injury included “bilateral acute subdural hematomas,” or blood clots or buildups on the brain; “diffuse global cerebral edema,” or brain swelling; and “bilateral retinal hemorrhages,” or bleeding in the retinas.

There were hemorrhages around the left and right optic nerves, the report said.

Shaking a baby “causes swelling, bruising, and bleeding in the brain,” according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Elsewhere on the child’s body, the autopsy report noted bruising on the left upper chest and the back/inside of the left knee. There was swelling on his arms and legs, according to the report.

Vomiting and lethargy were reported prior to the baby’s admission to the hospital, the report said. Those are among the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

The infant’s family held a memorial and shaken baby awareness benefit in September 2018.

The indictment lists a Fostoria address for Suber, but authorities are looking for him and have reason to believe he’s no longer in the area, Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said Tuesday.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact the Findlay Police Department.

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