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Robinson boys visit after father’s release hearing

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MICHAEL B. ROBINSON

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Michael B. Robinson’s oldest and youngest son visited together Friday afternoon for about 15 minutes outside the arraignment room at the Logan County Sheriff’s Office/Jail complex.

They hadn’t seen each other for years, but a hearing on their father’s request for judicial release brought them together.

Michael Jr., now 19, said little, but heard a lot about Dana’s life since February 2007.

Dana was nearly beaten to death by their father. He suffered brain damage and continues to battle the effects.

He cannot walk, talk or eat food. He has never played t-ball or run or rode a bicycle.

“Dana’s an eight-year-old boy trapped in a body that doesn’t work any more,” said Mary Robinson, his adoptive mother.

She continued detailing for the older brother the medical travails Dana has endured which included eight hospital stays in the year after the brutal beatings, a stay of more than 30 days and multiple operations including a hip replacement.

He requires 24-hour monitoring and he is susceptible to pneumonia because he can’t breathe and swallow normally.

“He never gets to taste anything,” she said, “not even cake and ice cream on his birthday.

“We did let him have some icing at his last birthday. We put it in his mouth and then suctioned it out just so he could have a taste.”

“Did you know that?” Aunt Marcia Newland asked the older brother.

“You know we call him a hero because he got you and your brothers out of that situation.”

Michael Jr. and Dana, along with Joseph, now 17, Forrest, now 16, and Draven, now 11, were living with their father when Dana was beaten into a coma. Dana was hospitalized and the boys were placed with other family members.

The father pleaded guilty within the year to felonious assault, child endangering and domestic violence in the February 2007 severe beating of his then 11-month-old son.

Having served seven years of the 14-year sentence, the 50-year-old defendant is now eligible for judicial release.

That does not mean Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor will grant it ...

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