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MANSFIELD -- A 37-year-old Mansfield father has been indicted on nine counts for allegedly burning his three children with a kerosene space heater.

Jamie Dean Parnell, 37, is charged with three counts of felonious assault, three counts of endangering children as second-degree felonies and three counts of endangering children as third-degree felonies, according to Brandon Pigg, chief criminal attorney in the Richland County Prosecutor's Office.

The indictments were returned by a county grand jury in June and were discussed with local media members Wednesday afternoon.

Mansfield attorney James Tyree was appointed to represent Parnell when the case was in Mansfield Municipal Court. Bond was set at $50,000.

"Mr. Parnell (is) the father of three small children who sustained burns and bruises," Pigg said. "The alleged incidents occurred between Jan. 1, 2019, and Feb. 11, 2019."

Pigg said the allegation is the children were forcibly burned while the children were in the care of Parnell.

They received medical attention after the bruises and burns were noticed by school employees, Pigg said.

"Normally, (endangering children) is not (a second-degree felony,) but it's our position this incident rose to reckless abuse, which is an F-2," Pigg said.

Also, Davante Fortner, 24, of Mansfield, was indicted on charges of assault, two counts of felonious assault and aggravated vehicular assault after an incident which allegedly occurred in an ally near Home Avenue on May 23, 2019, Pigg said.

Fortner allegedly struck his girlfriend with his vehicle after a domestic dispute, Pigg said.

"He pursued his girlfriend with a vehicle and struck her," Pigg said.

The girlfriend allegedly sustained serious injuries to her feet and legs, Pigg said.

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Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.