Fairbanks man suspected of abusing baby

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was arrested after hospital officials informed police that a baby had been brought in with bruising and fractured bones.

The 21-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday on charges of violating his probation. He was arrested after his girlfriend brought the bruised 8-month-old boy to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Monday night.

The district attorney's office said assault charges have not been filed against the suspect. The man will remain in custody without bail while the investigation continues, officials said.

Alaska State Trooper Lee Baker said police learned of the injuries Monday night after getting a call from the Fairbanks Memorial emergency room. The infant suffered swelling and bruising to the left side of his head and face. His forearm was fractured and he had ankle fractures consistent with being shaken.

The suspect told troopers the baby fell out of his crib.

The fractures could have occurred as recently as the day before, or as late as three weeks ago, Baker said. The mother said the baby was bruised Sunday morning. She also allegedly told police her boyfriend would not let her seek medical care for the infant.

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