The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 15, 2013

Two arraigned in Madison Township baby’s skull fracturing

Marcus W. Bortz III remains in jail on $50,000 cash bond

Star Beacon

PAINESVILLE — The 21-year-old Madison Township man, who police say fractured an infant’s skull Tuesday during a fight with the baby’s mother, remains behind bars today on a $50,000 cash bond, police said.

Marcus W. Bortz III, of 6230 Maxwell Drive, was arraigned Thursday in Painesville Municipal Court on charges of domestic violence and second-degree felonious assault for hurting the baby’s mother and the baby, Madison Township police said. He is being held in the Lake County Jail in Painesville.

At about the same time, the 5-week-old infant boy was released from Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, where he received treatment for a fractured skull, police said.

Police did not nab Bortz right away. He fled the scene of the domestic altercation Tuesday before police arrived.

The U.S. Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force was called in to aid local police in finding him. He was hiding at an acquaintance’s house at 1522 Easton Ave. in Madison.

When police raided the home on Wednesday, Kathryn Gladding, 30, was taken into custody for obstructing justice because she helped Bortz hide from police knowing there was a warrant out for his arrest, police said.

During her arraignment Thursday, Gladding was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, police said.