Head injury to baby son leads to indictment for Salem father

LISBON — The father of an 8-week baby with a head injury was one of the secret indictments issued by the grand jury this month. Brian (or Bryan) L. Weingart, 27, East Third Street, Salem, is charged with two counts endangering children, charges which are both second- and third-degree felonies.

On or about Aug. 26, Weingart allegedly harmed his child. Assistant County Prosecutor Timothy McNicol said the child suffered a blunt force trauma to the head, but currently is doing better. The child is in the custody of the mother, who reportedly no longer is involved in a relationship with Weingart. McNicol said the two counts are for the same alleged offense.

Two others were indicted on charges relating to fraudulently receiving benefits. Jennifer D. Madison, 39, Lincoln Street, Salineville, was served a secret indictment on Nov. 23 at the county jail charged with theft, a fourth degree felony. Madison is accused between March 1, 2011 through Aug. 31, 2015 of unfairly utilizing food stamp benefits and medical assistance benefits through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The amount stolen was between $7,500 and $150,000.

Patricia Ann McEldowney, 35, Main Street, Wellsville, was served a secret indictment on Nov. 23 at county jail charged with theft, a fourth-degree felony. Beginning on July 1, 2014 and continuing through Jan. 31, 2016, McEldowney is accused of unfairly utilizing food stamps benefits and medical assistance through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, where the value of property of services stolen is between $7,500 and $150,000.

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