Prosecutors: 400-pound man killed step-grandson after pinning him down


MOUNT ORAB, OH (WLWT/CNN) – A man in Ohio is facing reckless homicide charges, after reportedly killing his step-grandson by pinning him down.

Prosecutors say the 400-pound suspect tried to restrain the autistic 11-year-old on Friday.

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Sam Davis is Dylan Martin Davis’ father, who only has memories of his son now and a few pictures.

“He started getting involved in riding my horses,” he said.

Dylan died at the home of his mother’s family outside Mount Orab, where his step-grandfather and his grandmother lived.

“He came home and he threw a fit. Police came here all the time for him and he threw a fit. My husband was holding him down, he got sick and then he just passed out, I don’t know,” a woman can be heard saying on a 911 call.

The step-grandfather, 58-year-old Donald Martin Jr., was arrested.

Detectives say Martin, who is listed between 360 and 400 pounds, pinned the 90-pound boy, who was unable to breathe.

Prosecutors say the step-grandfather kept the boy pinned down for minutes.

“It appears that the 11-year-old was deceased as a result of positional asphyxiation or compression,” said Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis. “Some type of altercation between the 11-year-old and his grandmother and the step-grandfather stepped in and restrained the juvenile.”

Davis says his son was autistic and was showing stronger anger as he got older. He says Dylan got along with his step-grandfather and no one expected this.

“Everything was good across the board, this has come as a complete surprise. It’s mind-blowing,” Davis said