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A judge ordered Wednesday that a Ridge man be held in lieu of $25,000 bond on charges alleging he physically abused a 10-month-old child who court papers state suffered a fractured hip.
In addition to the child abuse offense, John Francis Dorsey Jr., 25, was charged with committing a second-degree assault on the infant and the child’s mother.
“He broke the top of a mop stick and began beating me with it,” Shayla Marie Hill testified Wednesday at a hearing on a related protective order. She said that Dorsey also stabbed her in the ear with a fork, before she briefly left their residence, and discovered upon her return that the child had suffered an injury.
“His hip is fractured,” Hill said, and she was asked during the hearing how the injury occurred. “Mr. Dorsey might know,” she replied, “because I don’t know.”
Hill went to the sheriff’s office on Monday evening, court papers state, and told law officers that the injuries to her and the baby occurred on Sunday afternoon at the apartment where she lived with Dorsey.
She told law officers that she called her mother for help during her five-minute absence after she was assaulted, and that when she got back, she found her child “hysterically crying in his crib” and took him to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, according to a statement of probable cause filed by sheriff’s deputy Sheena Tirpak.
Hill had swelling on her left wrist and forearm, the deputy wrote in charging papers, and the baby’s right leg was wrapped in a soft cast.
Dorsey was taken into custody late Monday night, court papers state, at a neighbor’s house.
On Wednesday morning, as the baby was attended to by other adults outside the courtroom, St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Kane called for an increase in Dorsey’s bond requirement, originally set at $15,000 by a court commissioner.
“Due to the allegations and the fracture [injury] to a 10-month-old child,” Kane said, the court should “increase the bond by a factor of 10,” to $150,000.
Public defender Sarah Elkins, representing Dorsey at the bond hearing, noted that police were not contacted until a full day after the alleged incident.
“He denies the allegations,” Elkins said. “Things did not happen the way they are alleged in the statement of probable cause.”
Visiting District Judge Richard A. Cooper increased the bond requirement to $25,000, ordered that Dorsey have no contact with the mother or child if he gains pretrial release, and granted the issuance of a temporary protective order requested by Hill.
Hill told the judge that she is moving out of the apartment.