October 9, 2018

On October 6, 2018 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded along with Community Ambulance to 9882 Bayberry Lane, Nelson Twp., to a call of a one year old male child not breathing.  CPR was being performed on the child upon the arrival of the deputies and Community Ambulance.  The child was transported to UA Portage Medical Center where the child was pronounced deceased. 

An autopsy was performed by the medical examiner’s office in Cuyahoga County.  Preliminary findings indicated the child had a fractured skull.  Sheriff’s Investigators immediately conducted a follow up investigation into the incident.  Nicholas J. Catazaro, age 26, of 9924 Green Drive, Windham, Ohio was charged with one count of murder, a felony of the first degree.  He was booked into the Portage county jail, and will be arraigned at 1:30 today. 

This is an open investigation and detectives are continuing the follow up investigation.  No additional information will be released at this time. 

By the authority of David W. Doak
Portage County Sheriff