An 18-year-old Athens man accused of causing “severe physical harm” to a 10-month old male infant in The Plains, had his jury trail set for Oct. 6 rescheduled to the morning of Nov. 29 before Athens County Common Pleas Judge Patrick J. Lang.
Jacob Manasseh Bellar is being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail under a $75,000 bond after being indicted Aug. 1 by an Athens County grand jury on charges of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and two counts of endangering children, one a second-degree and one a third-degree felony. The felonies occurred June 12 at a residence in The Plains.
The allegations all list a 10-month-old child as the victim. According to Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, Bellar’s girlfriend, the mother of the child, was at work at the time.
According to the child endangerment allegations, “(Bellar) was caring for the infant victim and while in his care, he caused (the child) severe physical harm, including but not limited to, significant intracranial damage.”
Asked what specific harm Bellar allegedly inflicted on the infant and how, Blackburn responded, “We would say he allegedly abused the child,” adding the particulars of the case will be revealed at trial.
On Aug. 23, Bellar’s public defender, Thomas Gerken, asked for a modification of Bellar’s original bond to include a release on recognizance, and house arrest that would have allowed Bellar to continue employment at eight hours per day. Lang denied the motion Sept. 13.
“Although the indictment charges a serious offense, the defendant herein has no criminal record, he is 18 years old and was employed previous to his arrest,” Gerken wrote in his motion. “Furthermore, he is the person who immediately reported the child’s condition to the EMS.”
According to Gerken’s denied request for release, Bellar’s parents, and 17 brothers and sisters, have lived in Athens for many years.
Multiple subpoenas were issued in the case Sept. 26, including to medical personnel at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Athens County EMS, and Athens police.