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A Bazetta man is facing murder charges for fatally punching his live-in girlfriend’s 4-year-old son.
Scott Henry Walker, 33, 2910 North Park Extension, was charged with murder Tuesday after investigators found he punched a Bazetta boy in the stomach. He is being held at the Trumbull County Jail on $500,000 bond after his arraignment in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 26.
The Trumbull County Coroner ruled Nicholas Partin died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen. Partin’s death was ruled a homicide. Toxicology tests that will determine if Partin ingested chemicals is pending.
Officials were called to Partin’s home on Saturday because he was not breathing. Investigators found Partin lying on an island counter in the family’s kitchen. Emergency responders continuously tried to save Partin, who died at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Court records said a tear-drop shaped bruise was found on Partin’s stomach, near his bellybutton.
Partin’s mother, Jennifer Light, originally told police she took Partin to St. Joseph Health Center Friday afternoon after he ingested carpet cleaner. An affidavit filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for Walker’s arrest says investigators confirmed Partin was never taken to the hospital.
After the autopsy report ruled he was killed by blunt trauma, Light told investigators she saw Walker punch Partin in the stomach on Friday. Light told investigators Partin said “ouch” and doubled over in pain.
Investigators said they are still determining if charges will be filed against Light.
Investigators with the Trumbull County Child Homicide Task Force arrested Walker Monday in Packard Park.
Records said Walker during a Monday interview told investigators Partin ingested carpet cleaner on Friday.
“Investigators then informed Walker of the cause of death and Walker exclaimed ‘I didn’t mean to do it,’” the affidavit says. “Although Walker denied striking Nicholas with a closed fist he subsequently demonstrated… he struck the child with a backhanded blow.”
Investigators noted Walker had a swollen knuckle on the back of his right hand.
The case is still under investigation, police said.
Neighbors are shocked over the death of Partin, who one neighbor described as “always being really happy and smiling” and a “really good kid.”
One neighbor who did not want to be identified watched Nicholas Partin and his older brother Christopher all the time.
“I didn’t know Scott at all. I have never seen him or met him. But I know Christopher would come over and say how much he hated him,” she said.
Christopher Partin, 8, was removed from the home by Children’s Services.
Walker, according to court records, is on probation for carrying a concealed weapon charge from Sept. 4, 2009. Records said he pleaded guilty in 2011 and was sentenced to five years probation. He violated probation in September, records say.