Man charged in death of girlfriend's son

Chad Edward Smith (Courtesy Brown County Sheriff's Department)
Chad Edward Smith (Courtesy Brown County Sheriff's Department)

MOUNT ORAB, OH (FOX19) - A local man has been charged for the death of his girlfriend's toddler son.

Police say Chad Edward Smith, 21, is charged with reckless homicide. The child would have been two years old on Sunday.

Officers were called to the Green Crest Motel over the weekend after the child was found to be not breathing. The child was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Police say Smith and his girlfriend and the child had been evicted from their Milford home and were staying in the hotel.

Smith is being held at the Brown County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He faces charges of child endangering, involuntary manslaughter and murder when the case goes to a grand jury.

A cause of death on the child is unknown. An autopsy is being performed.