Amsterdam man arrested for assaulting two-year-old

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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – Police arrested an Amsterdam man for allegedly assaulting a two-year-old.

Police were called to an East Main Street Home around 2:30 a.m. Thursday by a citizen who was concerned about injuries to a two-year-old boy.

An investigation showed the child was left with 33-year-old Earl Stevens, the mother’s boyfriend, for a few hours the night before, and when she returned home, Stevens said the child had fallen off a counter. However, the explanation of the child’s injuries was not consistent with the physical evidence present.

The boy was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment and evaluation. He was diagnosed with a broken leg; hematoma to the forehead; and contusions to the eye, back and legs.

Police said they interviewed Stevens, and it was determined that the injuries were not the result of a fall but were inflicted by Stevens. The assault was witnessed by Stevens’ six-year-old child, according to police.

Stevens was arrested and charged with Assault in the Second Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Additional charges are possible pending the final medical diagnosis of the child.

The two-year-old was released from the hospital and placed in the care of his biological father.

 

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