Police arrested a 31-year-old man Maryland man Thursday after he allegedly assaulted a 12-month-old Lacey boy, leaving the child with severe facial bruising and a torn lip.
Christopher J. McAllister appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon on Friday, and bail was set at $100,000. The judge found probable cause for one count of second-degree assault of a child.
Deputy Prosecutor Carol LaVerne asked for a high bail because McAllister hasn’t been in Washington long and has no ties to the community. She also said McAllister may be a danger to the community.
“Although these are just allegations, there is probable cause to believe that he committed a horrible offense,” LaVerne said.
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Public Defender John Hansen pointed out that McAllister has no criminal history and asked that he be released on personal recognizance. But Dixon agreed with LaVerne.
Court documents give the following account:
Detectives from the Lacey Police Department began investigating McAllister on Tuesday after the boy was hospitalized at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. The child’s mother reported that she had left the child with her live-in boyfriend while she went to work. When she returned, she was “shocked” at his injuries.
The child had severe facial bruising and swelling, one of his ears was purple, and his upper lip was torn.
The mother said that McAllister had never before acted violently toward her children. He lived with the family for about a month.
She reported that while she prepared to take her son to the hospital, McAllister physically blocked her and tried to talk her out of it. She spent a few hours at the hospital, then returned home to get some clothes and pick up her older child from school.
When she got there, McAllister was playing loud rock music and reportedly told her, “The guy you know isn’t here right now. … If the cops try to get me, people will get hurt.”
McAllister told police Thursday that it looked like the child had been involved in a Mixed Martial Arts fight.