MIAMI COUNTY — The Troy man who shook and struck his 5-month old baby’s head on a mirror before tossing him on a hotel bed so hard the child bounced off will spend the next five years in prison.
Dillon Spade, 23, entered a plea of no contest on the charge of second-degree felony endangering children in previous court proceedings. He was found guilty in court.
“I’m sorry for what I did to my son,” said Spade prior to sentencing.
Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell said Spade’s actions to his own child were “despicable.” Kendell said it would be years to know the severity of the injuries Spade caused to the infant. Kendell also noted the child’s mother was uncooperative and the child “didn’t have a voice in this case.”
Miami County Judge Christopher Gee said Spade not only lacked “parenting skills” but Spade had a lengthy history of violence and had “no business watching a child — even his own child.”
Spade could have been sentenced to serve up to eight years in prison. He received 189 days of jail credit and will serve three years of post-release control upon his release.
Spade was first arrested in September 2015 and indicted in November 2015 following an investigation by Troy Police Department where he reportedly admitted he was responsible for injuring his 5-month-old son while the child was in his care.
The 5-month-old boy was first transferred to Upper Valley Medical Center and later admitted to Dayton Children’s Hospital after the alleged incident. The child’s traumatic head injuries occurred at the Royal Inn motel where Spade, the mother of the child, and another 5-year-old child were living.
Hospital staff reported the child’s skull fractures appeared non-accidental and his injuries also included bleeding on the brain. Spade was questioned by Troy Police Department detectives and later reportedly admitted to shaking the baby and striking the baby’s head on the wall mirror because the 5-month-old would not stop crying.
The mother, who was working during the incident, also admitted she knew Spade had caused harm to the child. The mother admitted to witnessing Spade allegedly throw the child on the bed, where the child then bounced off the bed and landed on the 5-year-old half-sister who was on the floor.