Colerain Twp. man indicted for murder of 13-month-old

Daniel Hamberg (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Daniel Hamberg (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A Colerain Township man was indicted by a Hamilton County Grand Jury on charges that he murdered a 13-month-old boy.

According to Colerain Township police, officers were called to a house on the 2800 block of John Gray Rd. on February 1. When they arrived at the scene, Daniel Hamberg, 28, told officers that 13-month-old Cohen Barber had tried to jump from the top of five stairs and into his arms. Hamberg told officers that he was unable to catch Cohen, who then landed on the ground and hit his head.

Hamberg then told officers that Cohen straightened his arms out and began biting down. Hamberg put two fingers in Cohen's mouth to keep him from biting his tongue.

Cohen was then transported to Children's Hospital, where doctors discovered that he had a fracture at the base of his skull and a brain hemorrhage. He later died of his injuries.

On Thursday, a Hamilton County Grand Jury indicted Hamberg on one count of Aggravated Murder, one count of Murder, one count of Felonious Assault, and one count of endangering children.

Cohen's mother told police that Hamberg would never harm the boy, and that his relationship with the boy and his mother were good. She also said that it was common for Cohen to stand on the top of the stairs and jump into the arms of his mother or Hamberg.

Hamberg's bond was set at $1 million.  His first pre-trail hearing is on March 28.

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