Wauseon man charged with murder of child is being held at CCNO

Staff Report

A Wauseon man wanted on charges related to the death of a three-year-old girl turned himself into authorities just before 2 p.m. Monday. According to police, he was taken into custody without incident and is currently incarcerated at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

On Friday, an arrest warrant was issued for Devon Harris, 27, of Linfoot Street, on the charges of felonious assault and murder, according to a police department press release.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 4:09 p.m., Wauseon officers responded to assist rescue on a report of a child having seizures. Upon arrival, the three-year-old, identified in a warrant as Gemma Thompson, was found unresponsive and was transported to Fulton County Health Center. She was then transferred by air ambulance to Toledo Hospital.

It was later learned that the child’s injuries were severe and appeared to be the result of trauma, according to the press release. On Thursday evening the department was notified the girl had died as a result of her injuries.

Harris made an initial appearance in Fulton County Common Pleas Court on Monday. He was advised of the nature of the charges against him, the penalties involved, and his rights under the Ohio Constitution.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 16 at 2 p.m.

Harris was ordered held without bond.

The investigation into the case is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Wauseon Police Department at 419-335-3821.


Staff Report