Franklin Price, 21, of Riverside, was arrested by Springfield police after an investigation into bruising and injuries to a toddler.
Officers were called to Springfield Regional Medical Center on April 9 to check to the toddler, who had “severe” bruises to his face, according to a Springfield Police Division report.
Doctors determined the injuries weren’t from a fall, police said, and after questioning Price — the boyfriend of the child’s mother — he allegedly admitted to hitting the boy earlier in the day. The child fell into furniture after the strike, Price said.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges in a Clark County Municipal Court arraignment Wednesday. He is booked in the Clark County Jail on $25,000 bond and has been ordered to have no contact with the child.
The child suffered no permanent injuries, family said.
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