Northwest Ohio man convicted of burning, stomping little girl

Alan Laney

A Montpelier, Ohio man was convicted on multiple felony charges Friday afternoon for abusing and torturing the one-year-old daughter of his girlfriend in 2017.

According to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Alan K. Laney, 48, was found guilty of one felony count of felonious assault and seven felony counts of endangering children following a bench trial conducted by Williams County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Stelzer.

The girl’s mother, Alisha M. Underwood has plead guilty to one count of felony attempted endangering children and she testified at Friday’s trial.  She has not yet been sentenced.

The abuse took place while the child was in the care of Laney and Underwood.  The little girl has made a full recovery and is back in the custody of her mother. 

There were other children present at the time of the incident, however the Attorney General’s Office could not provide specific details.  

“The helpless victim in this case was only 17 months old when the defendant burned her with a cigarette, stomped and hit her in the face, trampled on her leg, and hit her with a flyswatter,” said Attorney General DeWine.

Laney will be sentenced on June 6, 2018.

The case was investigated by authorities with the Montpelier Police Department and prosecuted by special prosecutors working as part of Attorney General DeWine’s Crimes Against Children Initiative. 

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