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Juneau man held without bail for allegedly assaulting baby

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man was being held without bail Tuesday for allegedly disconnecting a 7-week-old baby from an oxygen machine and assaulting the infant's mother.

The baby boy was in fair condition at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Brian Jay Bevelhymer, 35, was charged with first-degree felony assault and fourth-degree misdemeanor assault, according to Juneau Police Capt. Tom Porter.

Police were called to the Driftwood Lodge Motel Monday night for a report that a man was throwing things from the second floor balcony. When officers arrived, they discovered parts of the infant's oxygen monitor, used to administer oxygen as well as monitor breathing, under the balcony.

Bevelhymer allegedly disconnected the baby from the monitor and threw the machine from the balcony because the monitor was beeping. He also struck the infant and the mother.

The baby was taken to the emergency room. The hospital would not release any information on him.

Bevelhymer was being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.



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