Newark Foster Father Found Guilty Of Abusing Child

Aug 7, 2019

Kenneth Schulz
Credit Newark Police

Sentencing is scheduled August 19th for a Newark foster father found guilty by a jury Monday of causing the death of his 5-year-old foster son last year. 

Thirty-year-old Kenneth Schulz, of Newark, pleaded guilty Monday in Licking County to the charges in Nathaniel Gard's death. Schulz also was indicted on a murder charge, but that was dropped by prosecutors in exchange for the plea.

The child was hospitalized in June 2018 with injuries that also included detached retinas and retinal hemorrhages and died days later. Court records show Schulz told police he was wrestling with the boy and had used various wrestling moves including body-slamming him.

Schulz's attorney, Eric Brehm, said Tuesday the events that led to Nathaniel's death have "haunted" Schulz, but moving the case forward is in everyone's best interest.