LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio An accused child abuser was back in court Friday with a new story.
This was a hearing to determine if there's probable cause to send Jerry Schrode's felony child assault case to a grand jury for possible indictment.
The investigating detective testified that the 29 year old South Point father first said when questioned he was alone babysitting his infant daughter on July 29th
He said that’s when he went to the kitchen for a moment and the baby fell off the couch.
“He said he picked the child up and tried to bring her around when she was unresponsive,” Detective Aaron Bollinger said.
Bollinger said he then told Schrode the condition of the hospitalized child was not consistent with any accident injury.
“There were bruises and a brain injury and swelling behind the retina,” Bollinger said.
He said Schrode heard that shaken baby syndrome list and confessed to throwing the fussing baby on a couch and shaking her after she became unresponsive.
"He said he was frustrated and mad and threw the child,” Bollinger said.
Under cross examination, Schrode's lawyer showed Bollinger pictures of the child 24 hours after the incident, saying she did not look roughed up.
His attorney said there was no confession or crime committed.
"He said he was making up a bottle when the child fell off the couch,” Defense lawyer Michael Davenport said.
After hearing the evidence, Judge Donald Capper did find probable cause to send Jerry Schrode's felony child assault case on to a grand jury.
The child is now out of the hospital and in a foster home.
Jerry Schrode remains jailed.
His bond is set at 300-thousand dollars.
If found guilty, he faces a possible maximum sentence of 8 years in prison.