New Carlisle man pleads not guilty in significant injury to 2-year-old

Seth Tackett appears in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday. Liz Winhover/Staff

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Seth Tackett appears in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday. Liz Winhover/Staff

A New Carlisle man accused of causing significant injuries to a 2-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty.

Seth Tackett, 25, has been charged with two counts of endangering children and one count of felonious assault, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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Tackett was arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday morning. A judge set his bond at $100,000 and he was ordered not to have contact with the victim.

On June 24, family members of the boy discovered a “significant physical injury” and reported the case to police, according to the sheriff’s office. The boy was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for treatment.

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The child’s injuries included bruising from what appears to be choking, strikes, a tight squeezing grip and abuse to the boy’s genitals, according to police reports.

“The child was admitted overnight to the hospital and the pictures are well documented along with the medical report that leaves no doubt that this was physical abuse,” the sheriff’s office report says.

Tackett was arrested July 3 at a residence on Frayne Drive in Park Layne. His relationship to the victim is unknown.

Each of Tackett’s charges are felonies and carry a possible sentence of two to eight years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine if convicted.

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