Two Thurston County men pleaded not guilty to third-degree child assault Tuesday morning in Thurston County Superior Court. The men were arrested after a 3-year-old boy was hospitalized with cuts and bruises late last month.
Kameron A. Rosengren and Joshua C. Davis — who are brothers — are in custody at the Thurston County Jail. Rosengren, 18, is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Davis is serving a six-month jail sentence for second-degree robbery. At the time of the child assault arrest, an arrest warrant had already been issued for Davis because he failed to report to the state Department of Corrections to serve his robbery sentence, according to court documents.
Court documents give the following account of the events leading to the arrests:
A Lacey police officer responded to Providence St. Peter Hospital after a nurse reported that a 3-year-old boy was covered in cuts and bruises, and that his injuries didn’t match the story the child’s mother and her boyfriend, Rosengren, told.
The officer noted that the child was covered in cuts and had severe bruising, and that the injuries were concentrated on his head, legs and groin. The mother and Rosengren had told the nurse that the boy had fallen into a river at a Tumwater park, and that Rosengren had jumped in after him.
But the nurse said that none of the injuries were consistent with a fall, and that neither the child nor Rosengren was wet when they arrived at the hospital.
The mother told the officer that she had left the child alone with Rosengren all day while she was at work. When she came home, they took the child to the park. She said she left Rosengren alone with the child for a short time while they were at the park. When she came back, the boy was wrapped in a shirt and Rosengren told her he had fallen into the river.
When a detective asked Rosengren about inconsistencies in his story, Rosengren said that his brother had assaulted the boy at the park.
Davis told the detective that he and Rosengren had both assaulted the child while they were staying with the boy and his mother in a motel.
Both men were arrested.