The father of a then-3-month-old Boardman boy found not breathing and unresponsive in March is facing felony charges for abusing his son.
Sam Lippillo, 30, of 72 Meadowbrook Ave., was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury on second-degree felony and third-degree felony child endangering charges that carry a maximum 11 years in prison.
Lippillo is charged with causing extensive severe injuries that resulted in his son being hospitalized for weeks, prosecutors said.
The boy was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman after he was found him unresponsive and not breathing. The boy was then flown via emergency helicopter to the Akron campus. The boy stayed there several weeks, prosecutors said, while he recovered.
Prosecutors said medical officials will not know how the injuries will affect the boy until he’s older.
Police reports said Lippillo told a social worker the boy was sleeping when he went to move his dog off the couch. Lippillo said his baby then fell to the floor and was knocked unconscious.
Medical officials told police a CAT scan revealed the boy previously suffered nine rib fractures and multiple brain bleeds from past injuries.
Medical personnel told investigators the severity of the injuries “made it highly unlikely” they were caused by falling off a couch.