Father pleads guilty to child endangerment

A Warren man has pled guilty to child endangerment after his three-month-old child was found to have a broken femur.

Ian Quinn Ludwig, 22, pled before President Judge Maureen Skerda on Monday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint, Ludwig “was in the care, custody and control of his three-month-old child when the child’s left femur was broken.”

The affidavit of probable cause details that police were dispatched on June 27 to Ludwig’s residence to assist the Fire Department “with an ambulance call for a three-month-old child that sustained a leg fracture.”

Police spoke with Ludwig, who said he was the child’s father and “advised that he fell down the stairs of the residence with the child in his arms.”

Police immediately began to question Ludwig’s story. “The defendant was not injured and refused any medical treatment,” police allege. “At this time, (police were) advised that the fall was from the top to the bottom of the staircase, which would have the defendant falling down over a dozen steps.”

The child, according to the affidavit, was transported to Warren General Hospital and then flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.

“The child sustained a fracture of the left femur and the doctors noted that there were other injuries consistent with physical child abuse and there was a concern for the child’s safety,” police allege.

Police said that they interviewed Ludwig on two separate occasions and “stated several times he did not know how he fell or how the child sustained the broken femur. The defendant’s stories were conflicting and did not match the injuries the child sustained during this incident.”

In exchange for the plea, a count of aggravated assault – victim less than 13 was not prosecuted.

Assistant District Attorney Kord Kinney told the court that he consulted with the mother of the child and said she was agreeable to the to the plea.

Skerda told Ludwig that the aggravated assault charge carries a 20-year maximum sentence while the endangerment charge carries a five year maximum period of incarceration.

She said that the plea was offered because the Commonwealth believes that charge if more appropriate.

Skerda asked if Ludwig and his family were involved with Children and Youth Services.

Kinney said that they are while Ludwig’s attorney, Chief Public Defender John Parroccini, said his client told him that he was not allowed to have any contact with the child.

In addition to Ludwig’s plea, the following pleas were entered:

¯ Brittney M. Bailey, Warren, to charges at two dockets. Both included pleas to receiving stolen property while single counts of theft by unlawful taking were not prosecuted.

¯ Jennifer L. Cauvel, Titusville, to charges of DUI: Highest rate of alcohol – first offense, limitations on turning around, careless driving and restriction on alcoholic beverages. Charges of DUI: General impairment – incapable of safe driving – first offense, DUI: General impairment – incapable of safe driving with accident – first offense, driving on right side of roadway and restraint systems were not prosecuted.

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