WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Arthur Harper, from Warren, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, child endangering and felonious assault during his arraignment Monday at Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas.
Harper is charged with the death of 3-year-old Russell Cottrill, Harper’s common-law wife’s son.
Police said on November 28, Cottrill was home alone with Harper when he stopped breathing. Harper called 911 just after 6:30 p.m. asking rescue crews to come to the High Street home he shared with the boy’s mother.
Investigators say the boy suffered severe head trauma.
Harper remains in jail, and he is expected back in court next month
Harper is accused of killing his common-law wife’s son.