MIAMI COUNTY — Troy resident Dillon Spade, 23, entered a plea of no contest on a charge of second-degree felony endangering children in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday morning.
Spade was first arrested in September 2015 and indicted in November 2015 following an investigation by Troy Police Department where he reportedly admitted he was responsible for injuring his 5-month-old son while the child was in his care.
The 5-month-old boy was first transferred to Upper Valley Medical Center and later admitted to Dayton Children’s Hospital after the alleged incident. The child’s traumatic head injuries occurred at the Royal Inn motel where Spade, the mother of the child, and another 5-year-old child were living.
Hospital staff reported the child’s skull fractures appeared non-accidental and his injuries also included bleeding on the brain. Spade was questioned by Troy Police Department detectives and later reportedly admitted to shaking the baby and striking the baby’s head on the wall mirror because the 5-month-old would not stop crying.
The mother, who was working during the incident, also admitted she knew Spade had caused harm to the child. The mother admitted to witnessing Spade allegedly throw the child on the bed, where the child then bounced off the bed and landed on the 5-year-old half-sister who was on the floor.
The change of plea was not part of a plea agreement. Spade’s bond of $100,000 was continued. Spade’s attorney Steve Layman noted that Spade has no residence to which to go.
Spade will be sentenced April 4.
In other news:
Michael Cartonia, 31, of Troy pleaded guilty to seven felony charges in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday morning, including one count of third-degree felony burglary, five counts of fifth-degree felony forgery, and one count of fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property.
Cartonia withdrew his previous pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity during his hearing Wednesday morning. In December 2015, Cartonia entered pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity on two counts of fifth-degree forgery and one count of fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property.
The court received a report from the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio after a licensed psychiatrist examined Cartonia. According to Judge Christopher Gee, the report found that Cartonia was not mentally ill or mentally retarded.
“The court would find that Mr. Cartonia is competent to stand trial,” Judge Gee said.
Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies tracked Cartonia down in October 2015 after Cartonia allegedly used stolen credit cards at several businesses in Troy. The credit cards had been stolen during a residential burglary on Troy-Urbana Road, according to previous reports.
Cartonia’s change of plea came as part of a plea agreement with the state. As part of that agreement, the state will remain silent when it comes to sentencing. Cartonia will be sentenced on March 30.
Cartonia is continuing to be held at the Miami County Jail on $22,500 bond.
Melanie Yingst contributed to this article. Reach Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.