Thursday, December 31, 2009

Part-time police officer, girlfriend indicted for child abuse


Submitted photo Kevin L. McCann and Christina L. Robinson staff writer
Posted Dec 30, 2009 @ 09:43 PM
Last update Dec 30, 2009 @ 10:27 PM


A part-time Dellroy police officer is facing charges that he abused two of his girlfriend’s young children with a Taser.

Kevin L. McCann, 47, of 10188 Radmoor St. NW in Lawrence Township, was charged with two counts of felonious assault and two counts of felony child endangering.

The mother of the children, Christina L. Robinson, 22, of the same address, was charged with four counts of felony child endangering.

McCann and Robinson denied the charges Wednesday at their arraignments in Stark County Common Pleas Court.

Both remain in the Stark County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. Their cases are assigned to Judge John G. Haas.


McCann used a Taser on Robinson’s 3-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son this summer, according to the indictment. He and Robinson also are accused of abusing the children or aiding and abetting another in so doing.

Also, Robinson, who was convicted of misdemeanor child endangering in Barberton in 2007, violated her parental duty by creating a substantial risk to the health or safety of the children, according to the indictment.

Lawrence Township Police Chief Mark Brink said he doesn’t believe the children were shocked with the Taser, but declined to give more details.

The abuse came to light after the children were taken to Akron Children’s Hospital with marks and bruises, according to a civil complaint filed by authorities in Stark County Family Court in August.

The oldest child told investigators that her mother’s boyfriend, McCann, hit her on the butt with a black wooden paddle and pinched her with needles and a “black pinchy thing,” according to the complaint.

The complaint doesn’t mention a Taser, but the “injuries and marks on the children are consistent with an apparatus or a weapon like a Taser,” said Michael Vaccaro, legal counsel for the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services.

He declined to comment on whether the alleged abuse involved electric shock.

The two children identified as victims in the criminal case, and a younger sibling, have been placed with a relative and remain under the agency’s protective supervision, Vaccaro said. Their father lives in Akron.


When arrested last week, McCann listed his occupation as a police officer in the Carroll County village of Dellroy. Officials there were not immediately available for comment Wednesday on McCann’s status.

Brink said that he understands McCann to be a part-time officer and that he doesn’t believe the Taser was McCann’s official duty weapon.

Robinson works as a nursing assistant in a retirement community, according to jail records.

McCann’s attorney, Patrick Cusma, declined to comment on the allegations, saying he had just been assigned to the case.

The Stark County Public Defender’s Office represents Robinson. Assistant Public Defender Jean Madden said she couldn’t comment on Robinson’s version of the allegations, having not seen the evidence.

How the Taser allegedly was used, and the exact nature of Robinson’s relationship with McCann, are unclear, Madden added.

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