Struthers dad indicted in abuse case

A Struthers 2-month-old authorities said was abused by his father was taken off a ventilator and is breathing on his own.

Struthers Det. Jeffrey Lewis said Friday the boy is breathing on his own at Akron Children’s Hospital for the first time since he was hospitalized last week.

He said doctors are still unsure the amount of brain damage caused by the abuse or if it will ultimately affect the boy.

The boy’s father, Robert Purfey Jr., 32, was indicted Thursday on two counts of felonious assault, two counts of child endangering and one count of tampering with evidence.

Purfey  has been held in the Mahoning County Jail on $150,000 bond since his arrest Monday.

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 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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