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Ronald E Stacy

On April 27, 2005, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched on the report of a nine-month-old non-breather. That child was C.S. When medics responded, they found C.S in full cardiac arrest. C.S was emergently transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he was put on life support. C.S remained comatose, ventilator dependent and showed no clinical improvement. Brain death criteria were met over the next two days and he was declared dead on April 29, 2005. The individual ultimately found responsible for C.S’s death was Ronald Stacy. On the morning of April 27, 2005, C.S was left in the care of his mother’s boyfriend, Ronald Stacy. At the time C.S was entrusted to Stacy, he was healthy and there were absolutely no concerns for his neurological status. Sometime during the hours that C.S was alone with Stacy, he sustained a bilateral subdural hemorrhage, a subarachnoid hemorrhage, bilateral retinal hemorrhages and a skull fracture. Quite literally, C.S’s skull was cracked open, his brain was swelling and pushing against his skull, herniating downward, compromising his brain stem. At all times throughout the investigation, Stacy denied any responsibility for inflicting these fatal injuries to C.S. He provided multiple accidental accounts of what “might” have happened to cause C.S’s injuries, however, none of the explanations he provided accounted for the severity of the inflicted injuries. Further, after inflicting the injuries, rather than immediately calling 911 to seek help for C.S, the Defendant called his own mother. It was only after being directed to do so by his mother, that Stacy sought any emergency medical assistance for C.S and by then it was too late. Stacy has never accepted any responsibility for the injuries that he inflicted to C.S, even after being convicted. At trial, multiple witnesses, including the coroner and an expert, Dr. Daniel Davis, testified that C.S died of blunt force head trauma. The mechanism of injury may have had a component of shaking, but also included impact, as evidenced by the underlying complex skull fracture. Likewise, it was determined that none of the injuries observed were the result of an accidental mechanism, but rather the result of inflicted trauma. Following a jury trial, Ronald Stacy was convicted of Murder and Child Endangering. He was sentenced to fifteen years to life.

Location: Marion Correctional Institution
Offenses: Murder
Min Sentence: 15 years
Max Sentence: Life Sentence
Date Admitted: 2/6/2006
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