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GEORGETOWN, Ohio – A man accused of reckless homicide waived his right to pre-trial hearings in Brown County Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Donald Martin Jr., 58, was charged with third-degree reckless homicide on Nov. 12 after authorities in Brown County received a call requesting life squad to respond to his address in Mount Orab.

According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, the caller stated that an 11-year-old boy at the address had been having a temper tantrum, passed out, and was experiencing short, shallow breaths. According to the sheriff’s department, the life squad responded and found the boy unresponsive at the scene. The boy was transported by the life squad to Mount Orab Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to detectives, Martin stepped in after the boy and Martin’s wife got into an altercation. Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis said it appeared as if the boy passed away as a result of positional asphyxiation or compression.

Martin, the boy’s step-grandfather, met his bond earlier in the month and is out of jail, according to court records. He has been ordered by the court to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Martin’s case will now proceed to grand jury. A date has not been set as of press time.

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