Jaxxen Baker 4 years beaten to death

  • By Michael Weitzman
  • 29 Sep, 2016


Posted on September 28, 2016  by Lima News

Fort Recovery man jailed in 4-year-old’s death

By Greg Sowinski - [email protected]

Mercer County deputies question and use a stun gun on Cory Eischen following the death of a 4-year-old boy Sunday night. Warning: Contains moments of violence and strong language.

CELINA — A child beaten to death over the weekend was the subject of an investigation a month ago by Mercer County Children Services concerning allegations of physical abuse, Sheriff Jeff Grey said Tuesday.

Deputies were called to the home of Cory W. Eischen, 39, at 5098 Rauh Road outside of Fort Recovery in August to check on the welfare of a child who turned out to be the now-deceased 4-year-old Jaxxen Baker. Deputies did not have enough to make an arrest last month but had enough concerns to refer the case to Children Services, Grey said.

Baker had signs of physical abuse. Grey did not have further information on the case and referred additional questions to Children Services.

Jason Cupp, the administrator with Mercer County Job and Family Services, which is linked to Children Services, released a written statement saying the agency and the Sheriff’s Office investigated an incident at the home Aug. 5.

“The officer was thorough in his investigation, but found no evidence or reported injury and could not proceed with criminal charges. The matter was referred to Mercer County Job & Family Services. Upon further review, it was noted that the child was not the son of Eischen and was a resident of another county,” the statement read.

The matter was referred Aug. 8 to Montgomery County Children Services where the child lived for further investigation, the statement read.

Montgomery County officials could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.

Baker died Sunday, and an autopsy showed he died from blunt force trauma to numerous sites on his body, Grey said.

The man watching over Baker while the child’s mother was at work, Eischen, was in jail held in lieu of $500,000 bail for a probation violation in a 2014 felony domestic violence case. He is the only suspect in Baker’s homicide and charges are expected soon in Baker’s death, Grey said.

The Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from Ron Gibson at 7:50 p.m. Sunday reporting his girlfriend just picked up her child from the Rauh Road home and had concerns about the welfare of another child there. Gibson is the boyfriend to a woman who shares a child with Eischen and was previously married to Eischen, Grey said.

Gibson tells a dispatcher there may be an injured or dead child at the home.

“Get somebody out there. There’s more kids out there,” Gibson said.

At the request of the dispatcher, Gibson’s girlfriend, Angel Winget, calls in at 7:56 p.m. Winget and her ex-husband, Eischen, have a child, together, under the age of 2.

“I think he killed his girlfriend’s kid or hurt him really bad,” Winget said.

Winget said Eischen called her to come pick up her son.

“I asked him why and he said you just need to come out and get him now,” she said.

When she arrived she didn’t see Baker but Eischen told her he was in the shower and not breathing. Eischen said he planned to attempt CPR.

“I just kept telling him to call 911 and he said he couldn’t. He just said, ‘Don’t call, don’t call,’” she said. “There is no way I couldn’t have called. I had to.”

Minutes later at 8:02 p.m., Eischen’s father, Donald Eischen, called the Sheriff’s Office to report a child not breathing. He tells the dispatcher he is attempting CPR.

“Get somebody here quick,” he said. “It’s going crazy. We need somebody here.”

The father said he was in the bathroom.

“I’m trying to do CPR on him right now. I have the phone in one hand. But I’m not getting anything. He’s cool to the touch. I don’t get any response,” the father said. “Looks like he fell. He’s got kind of purple on his forehead.”

The call lasted just over 10 minutes with the father talking to the dispatcher explaining his attempts at CPR. During the process he is heard telling Eischen to stay calm and he also tells the dispatcher the child was choking on food but there was nothing in his mouth.

“I don’t know what is going on,” the father said. “His eyes don’t look good. I’m going to go back and try to do another breath.”

The father tells the dispatcher he has some type of a heart condition.

“I’m getting worn out but I will continue. I’m getting lightheaded, myself, but I’m going to keep going,” the father said.

The call ends just after deputies arrived to take over and EMS arrives on scene within minutes. The child is taken to Mercer Health Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m., but the condition of the body, including the cooling body temperature, left authorities believing the child may have been dead before anyone called the Sheriff’s Office, Grey said.

“The victim had obvious extensive injuries. Those injuries were to the majority of the body including the child’s face and torso,” Grey said. “They were not consistent with the statements given by the suspect.”

Eischen told investigators Baker was injured when he fell off his bicycle or slipped in the shower, Grey said.

Detectives arrived at the scene and attempted to talk to Eischen but he pulled a knife.

“The suspect pulled a knife from his pants, held it to his throat and threatened to commit suicide,” Grey said.

Deputies pulled electric stun guns and used the stun guns to knock Eischen to the ground. He was taken to the hospital to be examined as standard procedure after anyone is hit with a stun gun. After doctors cleared him, Eischen was taken to the Mercer County jail, Grey said.

A video from a body camera a deputy wore at the time of Eischen’s arrest shows deputies talking to Eischen. Eischen then steps back, pulls a knife and places it against his throat. Deputies try to talk him into putting down the knife over a 15-minute span.

“Cory, please don’t do this. Please,” one deputy said.

Another deputy shoots his stun gun at Eischen but Eischen is somehow able to remain standing and ahold of his knife.

Eischen tells the deputies he will never see his children again.

“Because my ex … twists everything around,” Eischen said.

Eischen said he was supposed to meet with Children Services that day.

Deputies tell Eischen to think about his family and put the knife down. The deputies backed off while Detective Sgt. Doug Timmerman continued to talk to Eischen.

Eischen said he will never get over this.

About 11 minutes into the video, Eischen hands the knife over to Timmerman. Another deputy removes the stun gun barbs and Eischen is allowed to smoke a cigarette. He is then taken into custody.

Eischen was under suicide watch and correctional officers were checking on him every five minutes, Grey said.

At the house Sunday night, deputies secured the home and a crime scene investigator was called to process the home, Grey said.

Baker is not Eischen’s son but lived at the home with Eischen and Baker’s mother, Cassidy Spitzer, who is Eischen’s current girlfriend. Eischen was left to baby-sit the child while Spitzer was at work. The couple have lived together for several months, Grey said.

Grey said he does not anticipate charging Spitzer.

“We don’t have any reason to believe she was involved. She was pretty distraught,” Grey said.

Spitzer left the home earlier in the day for work. Grey did not know where Spitzer worked or how long her shift was. He also didn’t know if Eischen were employed.

He said Eischen has made statements in Sunday’s incident but didn’t have a lot to say to investigators. His statements did not match the injuries, Grey said.

Grey said the case has been hard on himself and his deputies.

“It’s tough when you see a small child who cannot basically fight back. It’s things that aren’t supposed to happen,” Grey said. “It just tore me up to see the investigation and to see the pictures and the things that happened. You have to wonder what was going through the poor child’s mind when things like that were happening.”

Reach Greg Sowinski at 567-242-0464


Eischen is currently being held on a probation violation of a 2014 domestic violence case, as this case is investigated and charges are formally filed.

The victim, 4-year-old Jaxxen Baker, was the son to Eischen's live in girlfriend Cassidy Spitzer, who wasn't home at the time.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Department was called to this 5098 Rauh Road in Fort Recovery Sunday evening after receiving multiple calls of an unresponsive 4-year-old child.

911 CALL: "I think he killed one of his girlfriend's kids or hurt him really bad."

This 911 call from Cory Eischen's ex wife a little before 8pm Sunday. That's after picking up her son from Eischen's home off Rauh Road.

911 CALL: "All I know is my son was in the bedroom, and his dad said the little boy was in the shower and he wasn't breathing."

Another call came in just after 8 from Eischen's father who was at the residence.

911 CALL: "I'm trying to do CPR on him right now. I got the phone in one hand and I'm not getting anything. He's cold to touch."

The victim, 4-year-old Jaxxen Baker, was the son to Eischen's live in girlfriend Cassidy Spitzer, who wasn't home at the time. The child was transported to Mercer Health and pronounced dead shortly after.

"You see that kind of stuff and you just have to ask yourself why. Why? How could that happen?" Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said.

The Mercer County Coroner ruled the death as a homicide based on multiple blunt force trauma. Eischen is currently being held on a probation violation of a 2014 domestic violence case, as this case is investigated and charges are formally filed.

"We're going to bring this guy to justice. We have a good prosecutor's office. I've got some really good, competent deputies, and we're going to put that case together and let the justice system do its thing," Sheriff Grey said.

Sheriff says the case is now in the hands of the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.

By Michael Weitzman 05 Aug, 2017

Bradenton Herald

January 18, 2017 2:56 PM

By Michael Weitzman 05 Aug, 2017

BY Kerry Burke   Mary Mcdonnell   Graham Rayman   Larry Mcshane


Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 4:06 AM

It took city officials five months to confirm what neighbors suspected immediately: 3-year-old Caleb Rivera  was a murder victim.

“I had an idea,” said Nikki Whatley, 39, who performed CPR on the gaunt little boy outside their East Harlem apartment building last August.

“I still see that boy’s eyes in my nightmare and in my dreams,” said Whatley, the mother of four. “That boy was lifeless when I got to him.”

Caleb’s death was declared a homicide Friday after the city medical examiner determined he was killed by multiple blows to the head and neck.

The boy’s mother, who was in their apartment with two men when Caleb was mortally injured, insisted she had no idea who was to blame for her son’s killing.

“I am not talking to anybody about anything,” mom Alexandra Guzman said from behind the door of her apartment on Friday. “I am not giving up anything. Why are you harassing me?”

Asked specifically who killed little Caleb Rivera, the mother answered, “Nobody. It was — have a good day. Nobody. That is the only answer you’ll get from me.”

Construction worker Adrian Rivera, 24, the child’s father, said he’s suspected for months that Guzman was hiding something.

“He was a happy healthy baby and I loved my baby,” he said. “They should both go to jail. I want to know: Did he do this and then she covered up? If the police won’t do something, I will.”

Rivera said after he and Guzman broke up, she barred him from seeing Caleb. He said he begged her to bring the baby to his mother’s house. “She wouldn’t. I texted her the week before (Caleb died): ‘Please bring me my baby.’ She said she was good where she was. She wouldn’t bring him to me, and then this happened.”

By Jane Alvarez 30 Jul, 2017

             April, Child Abuse Awareness month, has passed. It went by without any comment from the Director of Social Services, Ted Myers (“…blood is thicker than water…”, or attorney Andrew Wolf, (“…we do the legally correct thing…”).

            During television interviews with Santa Barbara’s KEYT-TV a few of years ago on the question raised by a Ventura County Star editorial regarding the whereabouts of Mario,  these gentlemen, in making the above statements,  attempted to explain why Social Service workers, and an a child advocate attorney advocate and/or permit the re-unification of an abused child with its abuser(s).  Mario was a toddler beaten into a coma by his mother.  Social workers reunified Mario with his mother even though he continued to be abused. 

            We have heard, and continue to hear, numerous times that Social Services’ purpose is to protect children from abuse. The child’s advocate in Court is supposed to also protect their right to freedom from abuse. Neither succeeds.

            And the reason they do not is revealed by their statements. Their hands are tied. Mr. Wolf is correct, re-unification is the legally correct thing to do, never mind that questions of ethics and morality are raised by the re-unification of a person who lacks love and parenting skills with a child who is helpless to speak for or defend himself.  

            And, yes, though it is a convenient and telling euphemism, blood is thicker than water. It merely goes to prove the point that a tiny human feels a craving for and needs love from the only caregiver it has known from birth. Though the child bonds, the adult may not want to or cannot commit to a responsibility.

            Congress, in its infinite wisdom, saw the tragedies brought about by the abuse of children. They saw not only the physical and emotional effects, but also acknowledged that deaths of children were sometimes the outcome of such conduct. They further saw the financial toll upon society, not only for the treatment of the physical and emotional injuries, but upon the fact that some of these children become a financial burden rather than positive contributors to society. As Congress does best they began the battle against child abuse by passing laws, in this case, Title 42 of the United States Code, Chapter 67, Section 5106a.

            This released money to fund Social Services and created responsibilities to fund programs. It created a confidentiality clause to protect not only the child’s identity and reputation but also that of the abuser. It required every State to pass a law saying that re-unification of the abused with its abuser was not required. But it also stated that despite a parent or caregiver having killed or assaulted a child the State (read as Judge), could, on a case by case basis, reunify a child of the sibling with the killer or abuser. Congress sat back; it had passed a law to protect children.

            In other words, blood is thicker than water and re-unification is the legally correct thing to do, regardless of what further injuries the child will suffer. 

By Jane Alvarez 30 Jul, 2017

 I recently attended a meeting where I listened to gut-wrenching stories from adults who feared for the safety of their children who were reporting sexual crimes against them by family members. As the founder of The Children’s Wall of Tears™, these stories are not new to me as I hear hundreds of cases each year.

  • When there is testimony from children telling of abuse, and no one is charged with the crime, I wonder why there are so many deaf ears.
  • When there are written notes from therapists saying the child is a credible witness and the child still remains in the home with the abuser,
 I wonder where the justice is for this child. Who are these social workers and judges who overlook these very important facts? Does the family unit come before the child’s safety? Remember the attorney who said, “ We don’t do what is in the child’s best interest. We do the legally correct thing. ” (KEYT-TV documentary “Where’s Mario?” between me & court appointed child attorney.)
  • Re-define the family unit. A family unit doesn’t burn, beat, break bones, starve, scald, kill or sexually molest their children.
  • Define child abuse as the crime it is.  Child abusers are criminals. It is not a family problem. If I slap you, you can have me arrested. If I injure you, I can be charged with a felony assault. Why is it that we beat, burn, break bones, scald, starve, sexually molest our children and it is a family problem?
  •  Hold judges and social workers accountable when they continually reunify defenseless children with their abusers and the child continues to suffer. Police officers are held accountable when their actions cause injury or death,  yet, judges and social workers have a great deal of information PRIOR to their decisions when they reunify an abused child with their abusers and the child(ren) dies, they are not held accountable. 
  • Lift the cloak of confidentiality from judges and social services. CPS decline to comment about its actions, citing confidentiality.    Many say, “We can do better.” I say, “Why aren’t we doing better?”
By Jane Alvarez 30 Jul, 2017

      Recently Leo and I visited the great city of Oklahoma and toured the Oklahoma Bombing Memorial.  Without a doubt, this memorial strengthened our faith in the American people, our patriotism and our feelings against terrorism. We could not help but walk away from this great monument with a passion that undoubtedly carved our futures. Throughout our tour of the memorial we could not help but think about the 168 lives lost in this horrific event. There was one particular photo on the wall of the daycare center showing children that were signed-in that fateful day. It haunts us. What madman would callously murder innocent children, let alone adults?

     We read every sign and studied every photo in the museum.  We were overwhelmed with sadness and rage at the very same time.  We began to systematically think about terrorism and what it really means and how it affects our lives.



the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.

          2.  the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terroization.

          3.  a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

     Terrorism begins with creating a fear within the victim and escalates quickly to injury and in many cases death. Until September 11, 2001, few Americans were aware that terror existed beyond that seen on movies or on TV.   After 911, we became aware of our vulnerability to suffering at the hands of people who find it acceptable to inflict pain on innocent people without blinking an eye. The bombing in Oklahoma City  traumatized this great nation. We were forced to face the anxiety of knowing that at any time, in any place, violence can strike, and in that respect, we are now victims of terrorism.

            While we feel a deep sadness for the victims of the attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., the plane crash in Pennsylvania and their families and the Oklahoma City Bombing and their families, who have lived to suffer the devastating pain of the loss of a loved one, we began to think about the children here in the United States who live under this anxiety every day. How did we overlook their terrorism?   Most call it child abuse. We call it child cruelty.

            In child’s world, violence comes not at the hands of politically motivated extremists, but from their parents or caregivers. Suffering comes not from weapons of mass destruction, but fists, belts, scalding water, locked in dark closets, and cruel words. Attacks are not a rare occurrence, but a daily reality. Knowing that it is coming is the epitome of terrorism especially since a child is incapable of defending himself and does not know where to turn to avoid the torture and pain of neglect or abuse.

            We kept thinking about the fact that while we watched news coverage of buildings crumbling and thousands of terrified, innocent people running for their lives, young spirits are being crushed at the hands of heartless adults with no high-profile media coverage to spark a country to awareness and action. Yes, we occasionally see, hear and read of young victims being abused or killed, but, few people are moved to act. The usual response to such news is an “…Oh, no!...” statement, and then on to breaking news.

            While troops of rescue workers sift through debris in a desperate attempt to recover victims, young children are cowering in corners after yet another merciless beating, wondering if anyone cares enough to rescue them. While an entire nation mourns for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and the Oklahoma City Bombing, abused children continue to suffer horrifically with no tears of sadness shed on their behalf. Is it apathy on the part of the general public? Apparently so. we don’t see any great rush of humanity at the breaking story of another child being beaten or killed. Nor do we see more than platitudes from public officials or legislators. Yes, you will hear comments that such and such should be investigated. You hear that so and so is understaffed, overworked, and over whelmed but you do not hear from the front line workers who deal with child abuse on a daily basis.

            For the past 25 years, we have been working to increase America’s awareness to the horrors of child cruelty and to bring the reality of the unimaginable level of physical and mental suffering these children deal with to the forefront.

           We have written numerous commentaries and letters to the editors of newspapers and given speeches and talks to various groups and organizations. We have spoken in Washington, D.C. before a distinguished group of professionals and even sponsored a law in the California Legislature to provide computerized criminal history to child protective service workers so that they do not reunify the child with criminals.  Unfortunately, that law failed in the appropriations department.  Apparently $50,000 for the entire State of California is not worth protecting children.  We have spent anguished hours over the opposition we have received and welcomed the pats on the back. But, child cruelty continues and children continue to live the daily terror awaiting the next blow.

            Statistics show that everyday, scores of children are terrorized by abusive parents and that list continues to grow each year. Every 10 seconds a child is abused. Every 5 hours a child is killed. In cold, hard terms that means that every day a small hand is held over a flame, an infant is dipped in scalding water, a child is forced to swallow household cleansers, an empty stomach grumbles while parents eat, a terrified toddler trembles in a dark, locked closet, a tiny arm is broken, a life comes to a premature end. The scenes of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were difficult to look at, but, they can’t compare to the scenes that flash in front of the small eyes of an abused child.

            I leave it to you to decide if a child, under these circumstances, is experiencing not only terror but wondering when it all will end.

            The unified resolve shown by the American people following the recent terrorist attacks is impressively powerful and elicits confidence that swift, sure action will be taken to punish and prevent terrorist acts. If only that same level of mass resolve were focused on saving abused children. If only our country stood unified in the defense of these helpless children, how many young victims of daily terrorism could be saved? How many small spirits could be recovered? How many terrorists could be stopped?

            We wonder what horrendous atrocity must occur to a child before every American resolves to put an end to child cruelty in every home in which it occurs.We  have stated before, in print and speeches, that there is a pandemic of child cruelty throughout the world. Now, with the advent of the bird flu, mad cow disease, tainted spinach, Aids and other “epidemics”, the word pandemic has become as familiar to us as the word terrorism and, unfortunately, we must now state that a pandemic of child cruelty now exists on this Planet.

            Simply put in perspective, if a disease were killing hundreds of children in America each year, the Center for Disease Control would mobilize everything it could to find the cause. Federal and State governments would spend millions on treatment and trying to find a cure. No stone would be left un-turned and no sum of money would be too great in an effort to end the pandemic.  Over 3,000 children are kiled through abuse and neglect each year.  Is that not an epidemic in your eyes?

            Yes, our lives were forever changed by our  visit to the Oklahoma Bombing Memorial

By Michael Weitzman 28 Jul, 2017

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By Leo Alvarez 24 Jul, 2017
It bothers many of us, and if it doesn’t bother you there is something wrong with you. I’m referring to child abuse and neglect and the killing of children.
They may deny it but the Powers That Be don’t care about American children suffering and dying, at least the Record indicates this. If they did things would change. They are interested in keeping families together, particularly the dysfunctional ones because they do not deal with “normal” families.
An attorney once said, as he referred to abused children, We may not necessarily do what is in the best interest of the child, but, we do the legally correct thing. He was and still is in the Just A System, along with the judges, Court appointed child advocates and CPS – they all know, but either keep silent or quit and give up and the children continue to suffer and die.
One law, CAPTA (Google it), Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, is a Federal law which cannot be superceded by State laws. It is the tail that wags the dog because all States, if they want federal funding for Social Services, must comply with it. Child abuse, and resulting death, are crimes and should be prosecuted, but sometimes they are not.
CAPTA contains the confidentiality clause and the clause that says a child cannot be reunified with the killer of its sibling, except on a case by case basis to be determined by a judge.
Do you want a child abuse victim to be sent home with the abuser? It is done every day and it will continue until You and I and every American wises up.
By Michael Weitzman 05 Jul, 2017
By Michael Weitzman 03 Jul, 2017

Body of Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found Near Lake Cachuma as His Father Is Accused of His Murder

By Dave Quinn @NineDaves  July 1, 2017

The body of a missing 5-year-old California boy last seen in late April  has been found near a Santa Barbara County lake, homicide detectives confirmed to PEOPLE Saturday.

Aramazd Andressian  Jr. was found near Lake Cachuma on Friday, after additional leads brought homicide detectives back to the area searching for additional evidence.

The discovery came hours after the boy’s father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., was extradited to Los Angeles where he has been charged with the 5-year-old’s murder. The 35-year-old man was detained on June 23 in Las Vegas  in connection with his son’s death, and is being held on $10 million bail on a single murder count.

The boy was last seen on April 20, when he and his father visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California. They left the theme park around midnight.

Within a week of the boy’s disappearance, police arrested his dad on suspicion of one count of child endangerment and one count of child abduction. But they released him days later , citing “insufficient evidence.” It was not immediately clear what prompted his re-arrest.

Officials confirm that Andressian, Sr. and his wife, Ana Estevez, are embroiled in a bitter divorce, but they shared custody of their son.

Andressian, Jr. was supposed to be dropped off by his father in San Marino, California, on April 22 — but the elder Andressian failed to show. Instead, he was found passed out near his car in a nearby park. Police have alleged that the inside of his car was doused with gasoline and there were matches in his vehicle.

Andressian, Sr. told investigators he believed he was attacked, but he had no memory of the assault. He also told police he had taken some prescription medication that morning before falling unconscious, CNN reported .

“There has been a great deal of speculation regarding the timeline around his disappearance,” Andressian, Sr. wrote in a statement  issued nearly a week after his son vanished. “The last time I saw my son was on Saturday morning, the 22nd, at Arroyo Park near my home in South Pasadena. After breakfast Aramazd Jr. wanted to go to the park before we were to meet his mother for a custody exchange at 9:00 a.m.”

“In one moment, I was at the park with my son, and then I found myself waking up in Huntington Memorial Hospital hours later,” he continued. “I was told that a good Samaritan found me unconscious on the ground near my car, with young Aramazd nowhere in sight. I can only speculate that I must have been attacked in the park, given my unresponsive state and subsequent physical condition.”

“My family and I are heartbroken and grief-stricken that Aramazd Jr. is missing and may be in harm’s way,” he continued. “I am pleading with the public to come forward with any knowledge of Aramazd Jr.’s whereabouts or information regarding the circumstances leading up to his disappearance.”

Estevez has also spoken publicly , pleading for the public’s help at a May news conference with law enforcement.

“There are no words to describe how devastated and heartbroken I am,” Estevez said through tears, before speaking directly to her son. “This message is for you my love: Be brave, honey. Don’t ever forget that mama loves you to the moon and the stars. I am counting the days until I see you honey, and I will never stop looking for you.”

“To those who are concealing my son, I pray every day that God will touch your heart and guide you to do the right thing and return my son,” she said.

Anyone with any information about this ongoing case can call the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500 or police in South Pasadena, California, at 626-403-7297.

By Michael Weitzman 03 Jul, 2017
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