Tiffin, Ohio — New details have emerged in the tragic incident that unfolded in Tiffin on Tuesday afternoon, shedding light on the sequence of events and the ongoing investigation.
According to an updated press release from the Tiffin Police Department, the incident originated in the city of North Baltimore, Ohio, on Tuesday. It began as a dispute between the mother of the 7-month-old child, whose name is being withheld, and her boyfriend, identified as 23-year-old Johnathon J. Baker. During the altercation, Baker allegedly took the infant and fled the scene in his vehicle.
Authorities swiftly responded to the situation, with the North Baltimore Police issuing a “Be On the Lookout” (BOLO) alert to law enforcement agencies in the surrounding area, with particular emphasis on Seneca and Sandusky Counties. The suspect vehicle was spotted as it traveled through the City of Tiffin, prompting both the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Tiffin Police Department cruisers to initiate a traffic stop.
However, the situation took a tragic turn as Baker allegedly chose to evade law enforcement. The suspect vehicle rapidly accelerated and veered off the roadway, crashing into a residence located at 613 S. Sandusky St. Fortunately, no occupants were present inside the home at the time of the collision, sparing them from harm.
Responding officers quickly extracted the child from the vehicle and administered lifesaving protocols. Medical assistance was also provided to Baker. Both the infant and Baker were swiftly transported to Tiffin Mercy Hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts of medical professionals, the infant succumbed to her injuries shortly after arrival at the hospital.
Baker’s condition remains critical, and he has since been transferred via air ambulance to Toledo St. Vincent’s Hospital for continued medical care.
Tiffin Police Department detectives have taken charge of the investigation into this heart-wrenching incident. The inquiry is still in its early stages, and authorities are diligently collecting information. With the integrity of the case being of utmost importance, law enforcement is being cautious in the release of details to the public.
The investigation will encompass various aspects, including the execution of search warrants, interviews with relevant individuals, and other crucial investigative steps. To assist with the processing of evidence, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been requested to lend their expertise.
Collaboration between the Tiffin Police Department, North Baltimore Police, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, and both the Seneca and Wood County Prosecutors is underway as they work together to navigate this tragic incident.
The Tiffin Police Department urges the public to exercise patience as the investigation unfolds. Authorities are committed to uncovering all relevant information surrounding the dispute, Baker’s motives, and the overall circumstances that led to this devastating event.
This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.