ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) – A father, accused of beating his 4-month-old baby to the point of hospitalization, was arraigned on felony child abuse charges on Tuesday.
Ryan Ellis, 22, of Attleboro, was arraigned on felony assault and battery charges.
According to the prosecution, Ellis called 911 early Sunday morning to report an incident involving his 4-month old baby boy. His baby was rushed to the hospital with significant injuries to his leg and other parts of his body.
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In court on Tuesday, Prosecutor Erin Aiello described what responding officers saw when they arrived, “They spoke to the defendant who indicated that the 4-month-old was standing up on his legs and slipped to the floor, he stated that he heard a crack, he later changed his statement and said that they baby slipped to the sofa.”
Susan Beland, Ellis’ downstairs neighbor and landlord, said she heard loud crashing noises – “like something heavy was being dropped” – shortly before police and ambulances arrived.
Police believe Ellis beat the child and caused the injuries. The baby’s mother told investigators she was at work when the incident happened, prosecutors stated.
He was charged with felony assault of a child, causing serious bodily harm. His bail was set at $50,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the baby boy.
Ellis is due back in court on March 26 for a probable cause hearing.