Man Charged in Death of 18-Month-Old Baby

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Burt Kelly

CANTON, Ohio — A Canton man has been arrested in the death of an 18-month-old baby girl.

Burt Kelly, 24, is in Stark County Jail on a $2 million bond facing a charge of child endangering.

According to Canton Police Chief Bruce Lawver, police and fire departments were called to Kelly’s home Friday to reports of a child who was not breathing.

Serenity Jordan, 18 months, was found there by medics and taken to Mercy Medical Center before being transferred to Akron Children’s Hospital, where she “expired from her injuries,” according to a release.

Another child who was also in the home was placed with relatives, said police.

Police have not yet released a cause of death for the baby, but said additional charges against Kelly are expected.