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Suspect indicted in Madisonville shooting that injured toddler

Ernest Cephas (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Ernest Cephas (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Police dispatched to the shooting on Whetsel Avenue near Chandler Street.  (FOX19 NOW Photo/Daniel Beaver) Police dispatched to the shooting on Whetsel Avenue near Chandler Street. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Daniel Beaver)
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MADISONVILLE, OH (FOX19) -

A grand jury indicted a suspect accused of shooting and critically wounding a toddler and grandfather in Madisonville last week.

Ernest Cephas, 35, of Northside, faces up to 24 years in prison after being indicted on four counts of felonious assault and one count of having a weapon under disability, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Thursday.

"We need to all stand up and say that enough is enough," said Deters, in a release.

The toddler, 2, and his grandfather, 35, were shot about on Whestel Avenue near Chandler Street, just before 6 p.m. on July 13. The grandfather was placing his grandson in a vehicle, said Sgt. Mike Miller of the Cincinnati Police Homicide Unit.

"Violence in our community is unacceptable and especially so when an innocent 2-year-old is shot in the head," Deters said, in a release.

Miller declined to discuss a potential motive. He confirmed the victims know the suspect.

Both victims remain hospitalized. 

County court records show Cephas was out on bond at the time of the shooting following an indictment last month for heroin possession.

His indictment stems from a traffic stop on May 26. 

Cincinnati police said in a criminal complaint they pulled his vehicle over for a marked lanes violation and arrested him on an OVI charge.

Officers said they found a bag of heroin in his vehicle's center console, records state.

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