Man pleads no contest

Grant Sherwin, left, and Nicole Allen.

Grant Sherwin, left, and Nicole Allen.

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Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 10:47 AM.
CRESTVIEW — A man has pleaded no contest to one reduced count of child abuse w/o great bodily harm (reduced from aggravated child abuse), and 12 counts of child neglect. 

The homicide charge and four child neglect charges against Grant Sherwin, 29, were dismissed.

Sherwin and his fiancee, Nicole Allen, were arrested Dec. 29, 2011, after Logan died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

The day before, Crestview police responded to a 911 call from the couple‘s home on Pinellas Drive in Crestview and found Logan unresponsive in his bed.

He was malnourished and had bruises on his feet, spinal column, forehead, lower legs and arms, according to reports. He had a bump on the top of his head and a cut on the inside of his lip.

According to court documents, Logan had suffered a “fractured skull, brain injury, and bruises and contusions,” from being hit.

Sherwin initially told officers that his son had fallen off the toilet and hit his head. Police found the toilet seat cover broken into three parts.

Sherwin later told police Logan had fallen and split his lip while playing in the yard, but continued to play.

Sherwin entered his no-contest plea Jan. 30, according to court records. He will be sentenced March 27.

Allen’s trial is scheduled for March 18. The 27-year-old faces 20 counts of child neglect, one count of aggravated child abuse by aggravated battery and one count of homicide.

Daily News Staff Writer Lauren Delgado can be reached at 850-315-4445 or ldelgado@nwfdailynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @LaurenDnwfdn.

CORRECTION: A Feb. 17 story on Grant Sherwin inaccurately stated he pleaded no contest to one charge of homicide and four counts of child neglect. He pleaded no contest to one count of child abuse without great bodily harm (reduced from aggravated child abuse) and 12 counts of child neglect. The homicide charge and four child neglect charges were dismissed.



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