EL man pleads guilty to endangering children charge

LISBON — The father of a small infant who was not receiving enough to eat to properly thrive and progress pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to an endangering children charge.

William R. Burkhammer, 29, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, admitted to Judge C. Ashley Pike on Tuesday that his son was not being given substantial nutrition.

According to Assistant County Prosecutor Timothy McNicol, the baby was just 7 months old when an investigation by Akron Children’s Hospital showed the child was not growing or gaining weight due to a lack of essential nutrition. The child was initially taken to East Liverpool City Hospital and then later transferred to Akron Children’s Hospital for further medical assistance.

The charge claims the child was not provided enough nutrition throughout the first seven months of his life.

The child’s mother, Kristen E. Burkhammer, 28, also of Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to the same endangering children charge on Sept. 30 and is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 16 before Judge Scott Washam.

William Burkhammer is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 30, when McNicol said he will recommend an 18-month sentence. Defense attorney Charley Kidder, who requested Burkhammer’s presentencing investigation include an evaluation for inclusion of programs at the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center, plans to ask for a lesser sentence or probation.