Man ac­cused of as­sault­ing 2-year-old makes ap­pear­ance

GIRL­FRIEND, WHO IS MOTHER OF VIC­TIM, ALSO FAC­ING CHARGES

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Delon Shurtz LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD

A man ac­cused of as­sault­ing his girl­friend’s two-year-old son made a brief ap­pear­ance in Leth­bridge pro­vin­cial court Wednesday, but only long enough to have the case ad­journed un­til later in the month when the boy’s mother will also be in court.

The 26-year-old woman, who made a court ap­pear­ance Sept. 29, is charged with as­sault. Her 32-year old boyfriend, who ap­peared Wednesday by closed-cir­cuit TV from the Leth­bridge Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre, faces a charge of as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm. Nei­ther can be iden­ti­fied un­der a pub­li­ca­tion ban and they’re both sched­uled to re­turn to court Oct. 27.

Leth­bridge Po­lice charged the pair after re­ceiv­ing an anony­mous tip Sept. 21 alert­ing them to sus­pected child abuse. Work­ing with Child and Fam­ily Ser­vices, in­ves­ti­ga­tors en­tered the home to check on the child and no­ticed in­juries to his face and neck. The child was moved to Chi­nook Regional Hos­pi­tal where fur­ther in­spec­tion re­vealed more in­juries.

The mother told po­lice the child had fallen, but med­i­cal staff de­ter­mined his in­juries were not con­sis­tent with a fall. The boy was placed in the care of rel­a­tives.

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