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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Celina man gets 5-year prison sentence in assault of infant son

By Ed Gebert
CELINA - A Celina man on Wednesday was sentenced to five years in prison after having been convicted of a felonious assault charge stemming from an incident that sent his infant son to Dayton Children's Hospital.
Michael Allen Toler, 24, 605 E. Livingston St., was charged in connection with a Sept. 11 child-abuse incident involving his son.
"The life of this child has been permanently changed by the injuries," Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox said during the sentencing in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
Fox argued for the maximum 8-year sentence for the second-degree felony due to the injuries suffered by the infant and Toler's history with children. Toler in August 2013 also had been found guilty and sentenced to 36 months in prison on a third-degree felony charge of child endangering in a case involving a different child. Toler was granted judicial release and sentenced to five years of community control sanctions in April 2015.
Visiting judge Jonathan P. Hein on Wednesday ordered Toler to serve a mandatory three years of post-release control after his sentence has been completed. He was given credit for 210 days already served in custody on this charge.
The child had suffered injuries in the incident and then later was injured further in a traffic accident while on his way to a medical appointment while in foster care.
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