Cleveland man with history of child abuse makes first court appearance after 3-year-old boy’s death

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man accused of critically injuring a 3-year-old boy who later died from his injuries made his first court appearance on Friday.

A judge set Emmanuel Galarza’s bond at $500,000 during his arraignment at Cleveland Municipal Court.

Galarza, 28, was charged with second-degree felony child endangering hours before the boy, Jaeden Gray-Cole, died Wednesday at MetroHealth.

Galarza has not been charged in the boy’s death. A Cleveland police spokesman said the case will be presented to a prosecutor or grand jury for consideration of further charges.

Galarza was listed in court documents as Jaeden’s babysitter, but he also shares an address with the boy’s mother, and he indicated to police that the child was his, according to a police report.

The injuries happened Monday morning at a home on Detroit Avenue near West 85th Street. Galarza waited more than four hours after the incident to seek medical attention for the boy, “which substantially limited the child’s recovery,” court records say.

Police were initially told that Galarza hit Jaeden while the boy was on the top bunk of a bunk bed, the report says. Galarza and the boy’s mother told police that the boy then fell off the bed and struck his head, according to the report.