- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Topeka man whose 4-year-old son was severely injured when explosives detonated in his car the day after July Fourth 2015 is scheduled to enter a plea in the case.

Jacob Daniel Schell, 38, is scheduled to enter a plea on July 8 in Shawnee County court, where he faces several charges, including aggravated battery of a child, aggravated endangering of a child and criminal use of explosives. Details of the plea weren’t available.

Schell, who earlier pleaded not guilty to the five counts, waived his preliminary hearing on Jan. 22 in district court.

The automobile Schell was driving blew up about 10:15 a.m. July 5, 2015, as Schell was driving. The explosion peeled back the metal roof of the large car.

Schell’s son, Roman, who was 4 at the time, was injured when a sack containing explosives blew up in his lap, severely injuring the child, according to an affidavit obtained by The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://j.mp/20XlBXm ). The child was hospitalized for seven weeks.

The sack contained “several improvised explosive devices,” the report by a special agent of the Office of the State Fire Marshal said.

The report quoted a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report that said the child was seated in the front seat playing with a “little cap gun” purchased at a fireworks stand when a spark landed in the sack, and it exploded.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com


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