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Lorain father accused of child abuse


LORAIN — A Lorain man is accused of beating his three children.

Kyle Dalton, 26, faces an endangering children charge and three counts of domestic violence after his arrest Monday. Mark Dalton Sr., Dalton’s father, said he left his son with the three children in their home in the 900 block of West Eighth Street about 8 a.m. and returned about 10:30 a.m., according to police Officer Efrain Torres’ report.

The elder Dalton said when he returned, his son was yelling at his two grandsons, a 1-year-old and 2-year-old. Kyle Dalton then went to bed.

“He said his son works night shifts and was highly agitated,” Sgt. Marty Carreon said in a Tuesday interview.

Mark Dalton said lighting in his home is bad and he initially thought that the boys had chocolate around their mouths, but it turned out to be blood. Mark Dalton said when he picked up his 8-month-old granddaughter from her crib, he noticed bruises on her forehead and a ring around her left eye as if she had been struck.

Carreon said the children were taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center and the girl was later transferred to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Carreon said the girl had a bloody nose and bruises on her forehead and the side of her head.

The 1-year-old had blood on his mouth and a loose tooth. Carreon, who joined the Police Department in 1992, said the injuries were among the worst cases of alleged child abuse he has seen.

Dalton was being held at the Lorain County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond Tuesday night. He is due back in Lorain Municipal Court on March 19.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or

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