Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
UNION COUNTY — Lesley “Lee” Kent Phillips III, 21, of Marysville, pleaded guilty to felonious assault and was sentenced to a term of seven years in prison in the Union County Court of Common Pleas.
Phillips was indicted after allegedly injuring his live-in girlfriend's 16-month old child.
On June 11, 2013, Marysville medics responded to the couple’s Allenby Drive apartment after the child was reported to be having seizures. Phillips told paramedics that he left the room the child was in, heard a “thud” and returned to find the child having a seizure. The police investigation revealed that the child’s mother had left that morning to pick up two children she was to babysit, leaving the infant alone with Phillips. During the time the mother was absent, a passerby heard what he described as a child’s “pain scream” coming from the apartment.
The child suffered numerous injuries, including patterned bruising, intra-oral injury, a subdural hemorrhage with cerebral edema, a fracture of the occipital bone and retinal hemorrhages. Phillips told investigators that the child suffered the injuries due to the fall, but Nationwide Children’s hospital physicians concluded the injuries were the result of abuse.
He was given seven years in prison, but could have faced 16. Extra charges were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea.