Man acquitted of three counts of child endangerment

Myles Morris testifies in his own defense Wednesday.

A Green Springs man was acquitted of three counts of child endangerment during a trial in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court Judge Mark Repp’s courtroom Wednesday.

The three-man, five-woman jury found Myles R. Morris, 41, not guilty of the counts after about half an hour of deliberations.

Morris’ attorney, Martin Koop, said Morris cares about the children and was providing a good, healthy environment for them.

Morris took the stand in his own defense Wednesday and said he thought the situation was a “choreographed effort” for custody.

At the time of the incident in July, the children were 13 years old, 16 months old and five months old.

“The decision to charge was pretty much made that night, and you’ve heard the reasons why. That young man was victimized by that defendant and so was this young man, and so was this young lady. … You are the voice of this community,” Charles Hall, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, told the jury.

One of the children testified Wednesday that Morris wasn’t the same when he was drinking. He said he called his mother so he could be picked up and his siblings could be safe, and he was sick of all the yelling and screaming.

Deputy Luke Cantu of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office testified about the office receiving a call for a welfare check on youths and about responding to CR 62.

In November, a jury found Morris guilty of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, and not guilty of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

After pronouncement of the verdicts, Repp sentenced Morris to 180 days in Seneca County Jail, with 90 days suspended, placed him on probation for three years and ordered him to pay a $150 fine.

Morris was prohibited from ingesting any alcoholic beverage and was ordered to wear an alcohol monitor for one year.

He also was required to report to Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services for a behavioral/anger management assessment and complete any further counseling recommended by the agency.