HOLLIDAYSBURG - An Altoona man on probation for endangering the welfare of a child because of the deplorable condition of his home was sentenced Monday to nine to 18 months in Blair County Prison for a new offense.
Corey John Logan, 28, entered his plea Monday morning before Judge Timothy M. Sullivan, after deciding not to have a jury trial.
Logan was brought to the courthouse for a review of his case by Sullivan and for possible jury selection if he wanted a trial.
Blair County Assistant District Attorney Derek Elensky presented a motion that would have allowed him to tell the jury of an least one other endangering offense against Logan in 2010.
Logan's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Theodore Krol, argued against the use of a "prior bad act" to convict his client of endangering a 2-year-old boy living in his home.
Krol argued that a portion of the prior case may be relevant but the jury should not know that Logan had entered a guilty plea to a similar offense in 2010.
As the morning wore on, Krol finally told Sullivan that Logan did not want to go to trial, and he entered a plea to endangering the welfare of the toddler.
Court records in the Office of the Blair County Prothonotary show that the endangering charge was Logan's third offense.
The first occurred in 2007 when Logan lived on Grant Avenue with another woman. Police found that house had a "foul odor" due to bags of decomposing garbage in the living room. There was no electricity or edible food in the house.
In 2010, Logan came to the attention of police when he was outside on a cold March day with a 3-month-old child dressed in a "fleece sleeper." The baby was shivering and cold to the touch, a police affidavit stated.
The same child, now 2 years old, was involved in the most recent incident.
A caseworker with Blair County Children, Youth and Families visited Logan's home on the 1900 block of 12th Avenue in August to check on the condition of the child.
According to the latest criminal charges, the home was in "complete disarray." There was garbage inside the home and in the backyard, and cat urine and fecal matter were found on the floor.
The child, who had flea bites from head to toe, was initially placed in a foster home.
Sullivan on Monday ordered Logan to undergo an updated mental health evaluation, attend parenting classes and abide by whatever suggestions the county's child welfare agency may offer.