Man sentenced in Struthers child endangering case

Ronald Higham was sentenced to 18 months in jail for child endangering and failure to report

Ronald Higham was sentenced for child endangering and failure to report charges.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A man was sentenced to 18 months in jail in what an assistant prosecutor called one of the worst cases of child endangering she has ever seen.

Ronald Higham will receive credit for the four months that he already served for the child endangering and failure to report charges.

Police were called to the Struthers home of Higham and Bambi Shiley in May of 2015 to check on their three children, who were between the ages of 11 and 14. Prosecutors say there had been complaints from the school regarding the children and their attendance.

Police said the house was deplorable, with trash, feces and soiled diapers covering the floor of the home. The oldest child, who had medical conditions that forced him to wear a diaper, was transferred to a burn unit at Akron Children’s Hospital due to open sores and rectal bleeding as a result of neglect and a lack of medical care.

In addition to the child endangering charges, prosecutors said Higham is a convicted sex offender but failed to register his Girard address with authorities after the couple moved out of the Struthers home.

Shiley is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. July 12.

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