Heading Logo

Windham man indicted in infant daughter's death

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: December 31, 2013 2:34 PM
  • 1 of 2 Photos | View More Photos

The father of an infant Windham girl who died suddenly in August has been indicted by a Portage County grand jury on seven felony charges for allegedly causing her death.

Timothy T. Sullivan, 25, of 9142 Maplegrove Road, was arrested Tuesday by the Portage County Sheriff's Office on an indictment charging him with the following in the death of Scarlett Ariel Sullivan, age two-and-a-half months:

- one count of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony

- one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony

- three counts of child endangering, two second-degree felonies and one third-degree felony

[Article continues below]

- one count of reckless homicide, a third-degree felony

- one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony

Timothy Sullivan is being held in the Portage County jail without bond, pending his initial court appearance, according to the sheriff's office. The case has been assigned to Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow. It was not immediately clear if Sullivan had an attorney.

The arrest comes following an investigation into the death of Scarlett Sullivan, who was born on June 5 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. According to Portage County Sheriff David Doak, Timothy Sullivan told investigators he woke up on Aug. 22, 2013, to find Scarlett unresponsive.

She was pronounced dead on arrival at Robinson Memorial, and an investigation was initiated by the Windham Police Department, which requested the assistance of the sheriff's office, Doak said. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation also assisted.

[Article continues below]

"During that investigation it was learned that Sullivan's actions that morning did result in the death of the infant," he said, announcing the findings of the grand jury.

Police are routinely involved in the unexplained deaths of infants, the sheriff's office said in August, announcing the investigation. At the time, sheriff's Maj. Dale Kelly said there were "no obvious signs" of homicide, and that detectives were awaiting a final autopsy report.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

Facebook: Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier

Twitter: @RCCrimeWatch


Related stories:

Police investigating death of infant in Windham on Aug. 22:


Rate this article

Do you want to leave a comment?   Please Log In or Register to comment.

Sciondarius Jan 10, 2014 10:17 AM

The fact people can judge tim before his trial is infuriating. What sense of justice do you have to hurt a family that is already going threw one terrible tragic accident to the next. You think making things worse and kicking them while they suffer is good or moral then you need to rethink your life. No one will understand or know the pain he suffers from what happened like him and it's hard enough for him to keep on living with out you're opinion. Let the man deal with his problems alone, it has nothing to do with anyone else. I know this was nothing more than an accident and a tragedy consider the facts before posting a comment for the family to see.

lizardking184 Jan 5, 2014 1:15 PM

you all are nuts, the sheriff's dept. dont make up seven felony charges, he needs to hang for what he did to that poor child..


Ms777x Jan 2, 2014 11:30 PM

Dear Tim, I'm praying for you and your precious family. May God protect you and your family during this trial. I know you are a good man and never meant any harm to precious Scarlett. My daughter is a friend of yours and I believe you. God Bless you and yours. 

cents Jan 1, 2014 11:31 AM

That is soooo typical of Major "CHAOS" Kelly.  That guy couldn't investigate his way out of a wet paper bag!  Incompetence breeds incompetence.

whitwhit7654 Dec 31, 2013 5:11 PM

sick *******!! that baby didnt deserve to die but you surely do

mayber Dec 31, 2013 3:20 PM

The truth will come out, and the truth is that tim loved his daughter, he loved his family and would never hurt them in Any way! Tim is a friend of mine and he is not capable of hurting anyone he has a huge heart!! Tim I will be praying for you and your family im so sorry this is happening to you, and im sorry portage county won't let that poor baby rest in piece,

tweets76_06 Dec 31, 2013 2:54 PM

OMG!  Im at a loss for words!  I dont believe that Tim could do something like this!  Just gonna keep praying for the family that the truth, whatever it is, comes out and that they can heal from everything that has happened to them.  Lots of prayers for the family...