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Man Accused of Punching a 10-Year-Old Boy

Police say the boy had a concussion afterward

An Eastlake man faces a felony count of child endangering after he was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Mentor.

Aaron Vitolo, 24, was watching his friend's three children when he got into an argument with the 10-year-old boy, Mentor Police Lt. Tim Allen said.

Vitolo struck the boy for being disrespectful, Allen said. Vitolo claimed he only smacked the boy but the child said Vitolo punched him.

When the child's parents got home, they saw he had a contusion on his noise and a swollen lip, Allen said.

They took the child to the hospital where the doctor said he had a concussion, Allen said.

"It wasn't the result of simply a slap," the doctor added, according to Allen.

Vitolo was arraigned Wednesday morning in . Judge Trebets set his bond at $50,000, which was not posted.

Vitolo's next court hearing is scheduled for March 15.

If Vitolo is convicted of felony child endangering, he could face between one and five years in prison.

CCRady March 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I bet his friend will never ask him to babysit anymore. What a jerk.
Mike March 07, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Takes a man to punch a 10 year old, what a scumbag.
Gen March 07, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I new him since he was little and I never would of thouht he would do something so horrible
Pamela March 08, 2012 at 05:48 AM
I am friends with Aaron and he's by best friends boyfriend. He would never purposely hurt a child. He is a softy. The 10yr old admitted to Aaron's girlfriend that he has never like him. He told people today a whole different story about what happened. The parents of this boy are no better. They have had child services called on them numerous amounts of times and have gone to their house. Aaron did not intentionally hurt this kid at all. Stay strong Aaron you will be out in no time and we will be waiting for you!!! Love you!!
Jason Lea (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I need to intercede here. This case will ultimately be tried in the court of law -- not in our forums. Pamela, Christina -- it is probably in both of your best interests not to continue this discussion any further. I don't say that as a warning or a threat of any kind. I just sincerely don't think it will help either of you to go tit for tat online.
pati March 11, 2012 at 01:40 AM
you go Christina, if some low life "man" hit my child, he couldnt find a rock to hide under.
ruth March 13, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I have known aaron for a few years now. He has even lived with my family (i have 3 children). He was given permission to disapilne(spell) my children and wouldnt do it. My kids love him to death. I would trust him with my childrens lives. I just dont see him doing what he is accused of. NO i dont know all sides. But from what i know of aaron, i just dont see this ever happening. We consider him one of the family.
Beth March 20, 2012 at 02:37 PM
All you people saying he would never do this, how did the child get a concusion, cotusion on his nose, and a swollen lip? I was in an abusive marrige for years. No one thought my ex could hurt a fly! His family, friends, co-workers. They were all shocked! And a lot still do not believe me. People are not always who they seem.
sarah May 01, 2012 at 11:07 AM
And now this Guy is living with the family of the 10 year old boy.
Taylor Pesho November 14, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Hi, I'm his fiance! He didn't punch the kid. None of you know the truth so shut ur mouths. He was in the wrong place and if the parents of the child didn't trust him they wouldn't have asked him to watch their kids. The kid should have listened. Yes he did move back in with them because then mother of the parent asked him to (I heard her ask him). They must have felt comfortable with him moving back in or they wouldn't have asked. IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE TRUTH OF THE STORY, DON'T OPEN YOUR MOUTHS THINKIN YOU KNOW IT ALL. Thanks
Kyle November 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
He pleaded guilty Taylor. He did it. We can understand you defending him since he is your fiance but he struck a child with his hands. A child that cannot defend themselves against the adult. Sounds like a stand up guy in my books.
Taylor Pesho November 15, 2012 at 03:24 AM
He had permission from the parents to hit the child. Lwt me ask you this.. what would you do if a 10 year old was telling you to go kill yourself, that you were a piece of shit and will never be anything.? Send him to his room? Doubt it. And he pled no contest. He SLAPPED HIM NOT PUNCHED. HIS OWN MOTHER TOLD THE JUDGE THAT HE SLAPPED HER KID ADDMITTED THAT HER CHILD WAS OUT OF LINE AND DESERVED TO BE HIT.

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