Salem native charged with child endangerment

LISBON — A Salem man pleaded no contest in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday to endangering children for injuries to a 8-week-old infant in his care on Aug. 26, 2016. Bryan L. Weingart, 29, East Third Street, Salem, was reportedly caring for the infant when it became fussy. Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said the mother came home and found a bruise on the baby’s head and took the child to the hospital. Not only was there a skull fracture, but the infant had three broken ribs as well. Jones said at first Weingart gave investigators differing stories, but in September of 2016 he finally admitted to placing the child on the floor and squeezing its ribs. Court documents indicate investigators believe Weingart grabbed the baby by the stomach and rib area and slammed him to the floor multiple times. Weingart was indicted by the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury in November to two counts of endangering children, both second- and third-degree felonies. He only pleaded no contest to the third-degree felony, which carries a possible maximum sentence of three years in prison. Jones said Tuesday she will ask for a 30-month prison term at the time of sentencing, which was set for July 16. Weingart, who has been medically found to understand written words better than spoken word, asked questions of his defense attorney Jennifer Gorby, throughout his plea hearing on Tuesday. She reworded Judge C. Ashley Pike’s questions for her client and supplemented the questions by showing Weingart the court documents that corresponded with the judge’s questions