Staff Writer

Johnathon C. Suber, who is charged with murder in a Findlay baby’s death, turned himself in to the Findlay Police Department on Sunday evening.

Suber, 30, is charged with murder, an unclassified felony, and endangering children, a second-degree felony, in the death of 17-month-old Osiris Anthony Scott Walters.

Suber is being held in the Hancock County jail.

Police are not sure whether Suber left the area before coming back to turn himself in, Findlay Police Lt. Ryan Doe said Monday.

The baby died July 4, 2018, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, after Suber allegedly harmed him on June 19, 2018, in Findlay while the child’s mother was at work. Suber was dating the boy’s mother, but he was not the child’s father.

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office ruled the death a homicide caused by a head injury. The infant’s family held a memorial and shaken baby awareness benefit in September 2018.

Suber was indicted on the murder and endangering children charges last week.

Suber’s criminal history includes an arrest for domestic violence and assault in Bowling Green.

In 2009, his then-girlfriend, who was pregnant, told police that she and Suber had an argument and she asked him to leave her residence, according to a report from the Bowling Green Police Department.

The former girlfriend is not the same woman whose baby died last year.

The victim in the 2009 incident said Suber “grabbed her and dragged her into the hall and slammed her into the walls,” a police report said. He also “slammed her on the bathroom floor.”

He covered her mouth and nose at two different points during the assault, the report said.

The woman “had bruises and carpet burn marks on her body,” according to the report.

Suber’s written statement said that he was going to leave when the woman asked, but that she threw her car keys at him and he grabbed her because he thought she would attack him. They then wrestled on the floor until Suber was able to “restrain her,” he wrote.

The woman’s written statement said the assault began when she went to close the door after Suber, and he grabbed her.

Suber was initially charged in Bowling Green Municipal Court with domestic violence, which was dismissed, and assault, which was amended to disorderly conduct with persistence.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended, and he was given credit for two days.

In March 2016, Suber was arrested in Findlay for possession of brass knuckles, according to Doe.

No conviction came from that incident in Findlay Municipal Court or Hancock County Common Pleas Court. The arrest involved multiple suspects, Doe said.

Because Suber could request a change of venue, Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle declined to comment on Suber’s criminal history.

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