Father charged in possible abuse case

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Struthers police are investigating a possible child abuse case involving a 2-month-old boy.

Reports say officers found a bath towel stained with blood, a pair of scissors stained with blood and a baby wipe that was lodged in the baby’s throat at 41 Park Ave.

The boy’s father, Robert Purfey Jr., 32, was charged Monday with second-degree felony child endangering, a charge that carries an eight-year maximum penalty. He is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on $150,000 bond and is scheduled for a July 15 preliminary hearing.

The boy was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital on Friday. Nurses there reported the possible abuse.

Purfey, according to a search of court records, was convicted of possessing dangerous drugs and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in in 2011 and disorderly conduct, a charge amended from possessing drug paraphernalia, in 2009.

He also pleaded guilty in 2011 to assault and criminal damaging in Youngstown Municipal Court.

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